There were a lot of days in Walt’s life when he felt his time had come, but lately he’s been racking them up. Between his day job and his night gigs, Walt is down to 125 pounds with little time for his family. One night he gets irritated with some of the Big Band’s personnel, and Walt up and quits.
In fact things everywhere are changing. Most of the steadfast bands are breaking up because the war is on, and many of Walt’s musician friends are going into the service. Walt receives his classification card and kicks around the idea of enlisting rather than being drafted into the common pile, but he decides to wait it out for a while. But Walt feels funny as a civilian when so many of his buddies are in uniform.
The job is lackluster and music is out of his life, and Walt begins fighting his own internal battle over his identity.