Emile, his father Stephen, and his wife are woken up by the sudden noise of a brick breaking their window. In hectic moment, Emile breaks a family heirloom: his grandfather's watch.
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Attached to the brick is a letter from Stephen's old friend. It reads that he needs to convince the men of his town to enlist with the resented English to defend their Irish sovereignty from the Germans.
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Stephen travels throughout town endeavoring to recruit men for the English mility. He is initially ridiculed, as many see helping their resented enemy, England as betraying Ireland.
After realizing that both Ireland and England will fall if they do not amalgamate to fight the Germans, Stephen and other Irishmen leave for France. Emile is averse to his father leaving, however is proud of him.
Mere months after leaving for France, Emile and his mother receive news that 9/10 Irhsmen who had left for France had died in a recent battle. Emile's father among them. Emile is disheartened, but feels that he has a duty.
Twenty years have passed. War has once again permeated Europe. Emile says his final goodbyes to his wife and son, Stephen. As Emile leaves for England, he passes Stephen the very watch his father also had given him years ago.