During World War One, more than two million Americans served in France. Fewer than thirty thousand were U.S. Marines. Going West is the story of Robert Bailey, a young man who joins the Marine Corps in 1917. The story follows Robert as he evolves from an inexperienced rifleman to a disillusioned squad leader, responsible for the well being of a dozen other marines. He has to learn to deal with an inner conflict, knowing that the decisions he makes can mean the life or death of his men. The enemy isn't so much the German Army, but the war itself. Politics, presidents and generals no longer matter, as Robert and his companions come to realize that they can only rely on each other.