In the fall of 1944, World War II is raging across Europe as Hitler's troops continue their aggression. A wounded American soldier awakens in a makeshift military hospital, unaware of who he is. He finds that he has memories of one person but the body of another. Aided by a French priest, he recovers and makes his way back to the United States, but discovers that his wife has remarried after the War Department informed her that he had died in battle. Wandering his hometown unrecognized like a ghost, he must decide what to do with his second chance at life. How does Mage Axum choose between the mind and body - between his memories of the old life in East Texas and the new body of James Karl that takes him to the Pacific Northwest? He struggles to find his place in life until fate intervenes and introduces him to the dynamic Betsie Blair, Palestine's only female journalist. Together they will change postwar America and travel the world. Their adventures of war, love, aviation, politics, and second chances span two continents and half a century of America's defining moments.