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Near the end of World War II, at a post in Hiroshima, Japan, naïve, young American Lt. Andrew Oxblood, is in charge of a morale unit. Oxblood, a Quaker, is troubled by the racial prejudice he sees exhibited by his fellow soldiers. Although he advises a black friend not to date his sister, Oxblood is offended by the bigoted way his roommates, Robert E. Lee Fairfax and Harrison W. Morve, act toward their Japanese housekeeper, whom they have nicknamed Hogan. When Oxblood learns that a touring USO singing group composed of three black performers has been denied a place to stay in the officers' quarters, he becomes indignant. He gains token support from his commanding officer, General Strapp, but bigoted Col. Ames insists that the singers be kept segregated. After the group performs to great acclaim for the soldiers, Oxblood takes them to the officers club, where he forces an introduction between Fairfax and a female in the group, Leah Wheat. Fairfax sleeps with Leah and later finds a message written in lipstick on his mirror stating that he has been infected with gonorrhea. Upset by the incident, Oxblood gets drunk, which makes him oblivious to the attentions of Hogan, who is in love with him. Feeling rejected, she sleeps with Marshall Bowles, one of the singers. When Oxblood learns about Hogan's tryst with Bowles, he punches the singer. Vindictively, Morve schemes to get Oxblood discredited and demoted, which also results in Oxblood being transferred. Before leaving, Oxblood receives a cable from his black friend, who calls him a hypocrite, causing Oxblood to realize that he, too, is as bigoted as those around him. Upset, Oxblood denounces everyone in the mess hall as being afflicted with the "clap" of prejudice.