This is a story about love, loss and survival set against the backdrop of the war in Vietnam.
It is 1968, and Chau, a young married North Vietnamese Colonel’s daughter is delivering classified military information to the Viet Cong headquarters. Trapped in Saigon in the aftermath of Tet, Chau hides out in the tunnels.
When she contracts malaria, Chinh, her brother, arranges for her to travel back to Hanoi using the Truong Son trail. The person assigned to this dangerous task is Trang, a friend and fellow officer of Chinh’s. The life and death situation in which Chau and Trang face every day leads to an intimacy and they fall in love.
Tom, an ambitious American doctor, enlists in the army against the wishes of his wife, Lauren a staunch opponent of the war.
Chinh, working undercover in Saigon, falls in love with a French journalist, Marie-Louise despite his self-imposed rules about women and war not mixing.
Charlie Owns the Night is a captivating exploration of love and loss against the searing backdrop of the Vietnam war, a gripping novel, and a powerful story of love and friendship.