Father Emil Kapaun, a parish priest in central Kansas in the 1940's, entered the Army's Chaplain Corp during World War II and later served in Korea. In November of 1950, America forces he was serving with were overwhelmed by Chinese and North Korean soldiers near Unsan, North Korea. He, along with thousands of other American soldiers, were captured and marched to a P.O.W. camp near the Chinese border. For the next six months, Kapaun inspired countless prisoners to fight for survival while so many froze and starved to death daily. In May of 1951, Kapaun, who was ill, was hauled away by his captors and left to die in small shack. The men who survived the P.O.W. camp spent the next 60 years fighting to honor his memory. Back in Kansas, Kapaun became so revered, local catholics prayed to him for his intercession. In the case of Chase Kear, a college athlete who was severely injured in a pole vaulting accident, many believe prayers to Kapaun brought about a miraculous recovery for Chase. In April 2013 (three years after this film was made) Kapaun was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor by President Barack Obama. The Vatican's is considering Kapaun for sainthood.