Howard is an irascible and stubborn WWII naval veteran. He’s also dying. When his college-professor son, Winston, returns home for a visit, the truth about his wartime service begins to emerge. Is it really smoking that has caused Howard’s lung cancer? Or does it have something to do with his ship’s dropping anchor in the Nagasaki harbor a month after it was devastated by an atomic bomb?
And why did Howard remain in the military for so long after the war ended — years that, even now, he won’t or can’t talk about? With searing theatricality and emotion, Atomic Field explores the lingering effects of war on one family.