How could i kill people for a cause i don't believe in?
June 17th of 1968, 21 year old Tim O'Brien was drafted to a war he despised.
Tim started feeling like fleeing to Canada was the only way to avoid war, so he got in his car and headed North. After driving all night, Tim stopped around noon at Tip Top Lodge to lay low for a couple days.
At Tip Top Lodge Tim O'Brien meets Elroy Berdahl, an 81 year old who could tell Tim was in a crisis. Elroy never asked for an explanation from Tim, but spent the next 6 days with him.
Tim's final day at the lodge, Elroy took him out fishing. Tim could see Canada's shore but began crying thinking about his people believing he is a traitor. He decided finally that he was not brave enough to flee.
The following day Tim packed his belongings, left Elroy money, and headed out.