American economic mission), and as they meet, Pyle asks him about his opinion towards the country, and Fowler says that he is not bias to anything or any party, and that he is neutral. Once Pyle laid eyes on Phonon (Thomas girlfriend). Thomas realized that saving a country and a woman is the same to Pyle. Corruption, mendacity, and plan on north attacking them are the recent news for Thomas, and he also got asked to go back to London. He wants to go to (Peat Diem), but the place is very dangerous, and conspiracies are happening everywhere as seen by him.
Two ears pass and it is their anniversary, also realizing that he is too old for Phonon’s games and cuddles. Phonon introduces herself to Pyle when they first meet, and that her name means (Phoenix), but he thought that her name meant a rose, like the rose upon her hair. Thomas explains to Pyle, that unlike what he thinks of Phonon, he is wrong and that she used to be a taxi dancer to provide for her and her sister after their father passed away, and it took him six months to get a first date with her. In between all this praise of Phonon, Pyle falls in love with her in a discreet way.
As Thomas goes to Peat Diem with a patrol, once they find a man in a boat that he recognizes and that for don’t shoot him knowing it is Pyle, looking lost. While they are at the bunker and get attacked, he realizes that loosing Phonon frightens him more than any bullet being shot over his head. And in between all of this chaos, He accuses Pyle of being from US intelligence, and to make him forget about that matter Pyle confesses that he is in love with Phonon, without having any bad intentions from the start.
He openly disrespects Thomas, but Thomas does not care for knowing that Pyle will get rejected by his true love. They head back to Saigon separately, to the sight of a new political party. Pyle heads to Thomas house, and after a short while Phonon gets their too. Pyle confesses to Phonon and lets out what feelings he holds towards her, meanwhile, Thomas gets mad for every apparent reason that there might be, but Phonon nicely thanks him and refuses his idea, and offers him some pipe (Opium), but he kindly rejects the idea and leaves to save face.
Thomas accuses Phonon ‘s sister for not meeting up for dinner so that she would meet up with Pyle, meanwhile he sends a letter to his wife for divorce in order to fulfill his promise to Phonon of marriage. Thomas goes off for the interview with (general The’), and encounters Pyle after several months, but surprisingly to be glad about it rather than uncomfortable. Thomas asks general The’ a couple of very inconvenient questions and adds the massacre of Peat Diem to it, therefore the general ragingly leaves the place and excusing himself out of his sight. While trying to leave the place Thomas sees Joe and suspects something.
As Thomas and Pyle are on their way back home they run out of petrol, and Thomas knows that his car was siphon, therefore he earaches for a watch tower to get fuel from, but encounters two soldiers where they are protecting the tower. Two men in love with one Phonon and both tease each other of what she might be doing at that moment, and Thomas being superior to Pyle for his experience and history with Phonon allowed him to imagine every move she was doing at that moment. During these talks they get attacked, and as they Jumped down the tower Thomas twists his ankle and gets injured.
While Pyle tries to go get help, Thomas hallucinates about Phonon and all the sweet memories they have hared and as Pyle comes back with help, Thomas murmurs to him that if he had died Phonon would have been his. Thomas gets home to his beloved Phonon and finds a letter addressed to him from London, and hiding it in midst of reading it for Pyle knocking on the door. Thomas lets Phonon know about Pyle ‘s heroic action of saving his life and letting her know that he should be thanked, thus, Phonon thanking him with the utmost desire.
In between all of this, Thomas breaks to both that he got a letter from his wife agreeing that she had finally agreed to their divorce. On another day, Pyle, and both his lover and sister rage into his office accusing him of being a liar, for in the most innocent and happy thoughts of Phonon, she showed the letter to her sister and so they found out that Thomas ‘s wife actually had said “No” for divorce not being recognized by her religion and that Thomas would come out of it for having girls on his shoes like mud since ever.
After this heartbreaking moment his secretary entered the room having new information about crates being imported from the USA, directed to general The, but pardons him and asks to deal with it another time. Thomas rages into Pile’s office and starts screaming around for not being able to cure his broken self and accusing Phonon’s sister of getting money out of him and Pyle and therefore gets pleased to get out of their office. Phonon finds herself at Pyle ‘s room all alone, starting a new relation with someone she barely knows and after a devastating heartache of suffering from losing a lover… After being told by Pyle that he will take her to the USA she finds the guts to reply (after seeing Thomas down the window) ” Many girls have been promised to be taken to France, UT none were taken and that most of them got left behind at the Airport” she wondered and indirectly asked him if he would do such thing. Pyle, showing the look of every new love and telling her that he would not do that to her and gave a word for it. Thomas secretly goes to the port with his secretary to check what the carte contain, and he sees Dialectal written on it.
And after that when Pyle pays him a visit he asks what Dialectal is, and he answers that it is a plastic that is derived from milk which is used in glasses. The following day an explosion occurs in front of the cafe that he seed to sit there every day which ruined the place where Phonon works at, and he runs off towards it in fear that she might have been there during the explosion. Then he later talked about how he could not forget the lady covering her dead baby with her hat, and Pyle spoke Vietnamese like it was his own language. And that Dialectal is also used in explosive.
His secretary adds that Pyle is working for the (CIA) and therefore is asking him to set up a meeting with Pyle alone because he is protected and also followed by men, and that he wants his people to talk to him, and that he loud not be harmed. Thomas writes him a letter to meet up with him, and while Phonon tries to give him the letter he sees Pyle with general The’. Pyle meets up with Thomas at his apartment, and Pyle told him that the military parade was the target of the explosion and that after Thomas left general The’ he sent people to kill him, and that he went alone with Thomas to save him.
And two hundred ten million dollars was given to France by the United States to fix Vietnam, but communism does not change, and if the United States gave them a leader of their own Vietnamese people hen communism will stop. Thomas asks him if he was part of his plan? , source of information, or was it for the lover Phonon?. Pyle was determined that it would have been even easier if it was not for her. Thomas asks him if he felt guilty and that if he had been following orders?
Pyle answered; that it because of he is determined to save country, and it is situations like Thomas and Phonon that should not take place, and as for the long term he wants to save lives. He then accuses Pyle of being the leader and that they all take orders from him. He finally sets up a dinner meeting tit him and uses their friendship to do so. Thomas sits down at the restaurant, and takes his last glance at Pyle as he walks towards him on the bridge, but gets caught before he reaches the restaurant.
Then Thomas feels bad for he went against his rule of staying neutral and not helping any side. Meanwhile, Pyle is being questioned and led to his death, which happens by the hands of Thomas secretary. Bigot the detective, points Pyle death to Thomas, and Thomas denies it. Thomas goes back to the club where he first met Phonon at and as history repeats itself, he sees Phonon s a taxi girl and buys his cheap ticket to enjoy the beauty of her dance, and to feel alive for one more time.