Troy and Dmitri have worked everything out - well, almost everything. Except for the part where Troy's family doesn't know Dmitri exists. Coming out to his family sounds scarier than going to war. And Troy would know.
Troy's been out of the Army for almost a year, and except for a few short weeks, hasn't been back to West Virginia at all.
Now Christmas is coming, and his mother can't be put off any longer, not unless Troy wants to break her heart.
But Troy's biggest fear is that going home with a boyfriend and service dog in tow will break his Momma's heart just as much.