In June 1953, one week after graduation from high school, Lizzie Scott works as a telephone operator. The dances at Beale Air Force Base are the highlight of Lizzie's week. Although she isn't interested in marrying a serviceman, she realizes the dances help keep up their spirits before they ship overseas.
Jeremy McMasters spends the evening quietly watching the dancers, especially the sister of his best friend Seb, who died serving in Korea several months before. Jeremy has a special delivery for Lizzie: a last letter from her brother. Lizzie and Jeremy begin to form a friendship over their shared grief as he prepares to return overseas.
Marianne Arkins tugs at the heartstrings of anyone who has known someone in the service. Well researched, the setting is a sign of the times in the early 1950's. Don't Fence Me In is a good solid short story well worth reading.
It's June, 1953 and Lizzie Scott recently lost her brother, Seb, in the Korean War. When his friend and unit buddy, Jeremy McMasters, brings her Seb's "goodbye" letter, little does she know her life is about to change forever.