Tillet, an F-8 Crusader pilot, is shot down over North Vietnam in
1966, just one week before his ship would be heading home after
his second back-to-back six-month tour. Escaping from his spiraling
out-of-control jet with only seconds to spare, and evading for all
of three minutes, he becomes a Prisoner of War. Surviving torture,
months of solitary confinement and the infamous Hanoi March, the
dream of returning home to his wife and two children keeps him going.
Repatriated in 1973, he returns to find his dream shattered.
of Conduct takes place in the middle of a war; however, it is not
so much a blood and guts war novel as it is the emotional tale of
a family torn apart by war, more than seven years of separation,
and the long journey to reconstruct their lives.
Author's Note: While many POWs came home to broken
marriages, the personal relationship portion of my book is purely
fictional. On the other hand, the prison scenes are based on actual
events that happened to the POWs in Vietnam. The story was inspired
by years of listening to the recollections of my husband and several
of his Vietnam ex-POW buddies. Time does not seem to have faded
their memories of what they went through (although they can now
joke about it) and each reunion or get together provided a new
My goal is to present
an accurate depiction of the horrendous prisoner-of-war experience
and the resulting shattered personal lives in the format of
a novel to attract a group of readers who might have overlooked
some of the non-fiction books that have been written by several
of the returning POWs.