A Farewell to Arms is a bleak novel that delves into the harshness of war and the impact it has on those who experience it. An American, Lieutenant Frederic Henry, drives an ambulance for the Italian army during WWI. He meets a nurse, Catherine Barkley and tries to woo her. When he's injured later, Catherine tends to him as he recovers. The pair fall in love and end up fleeing together, only to meet a tragic end.