A story by Mark Twain about the follies of war.
Wide eyed men muster to the glories of the brass and military pomp, but a scraggly youth slips through the lines to join up. Is his story true, or is he a spy? The new addition to the troop causes a stir with his excessive religious activity and prayers for his fellow members in the military band.
What is he up to? When his sergeant begins to investigate, and keep a close watch on the youth, the odd behavior pays off, and spy activity seems to have been uncovered.
Put under pressure, a convoluted tale that spies have infiltrated the camp emerge. Soon spies are identified everywhere, and fill the jail. With such an invasion, who will be left that isn’t locked up? Before it’s all over, the real secrets and lies are revealed, but only after the pompous and suspicious military leaders are made to look llike fools.