Jimmy’s a door gunner with a taste for drugs and a talent for combat. He just wants to survive his year in ’Nam. From a killer guitar player in a psychedelic band he’s turned into a real killer on a helicopter gunship. It’s bad enough when his friends die but back in the World, but Gloria, his troubled, musical savant girlfriend, is in more danger. She can be Sunshine, singing for her supper and dazzling music professors or the crowd at an antiwar rally with ease. But she doesn’t like what she’s learning about herself and the secrets she and Jimmy know could kill them both. A trail of murders leads from Detroit to Vietnam and back to Sugar Island, Michigan. Beginning with the 1967 Detroit riot and moving to a heart-pounding conclusion during the 1968 Tet Offensive, Purple Sunshine explodes across the world with fast-paced action in the middle of the burgeoning counterculture.