World War II pilot Sam Gaunt is awarded the Navy's Distinguished Flying Cross medal. Sam's life is constantly in danger, not only from the Japanese, but from someone aboard his carrier - someone who wants him dead. It could be any one of the enemies Sam has made. It could be his division leader, whose sordid secrets Sam knows. Or maybe it's another fighter pilot Sam has a rivalry with over a girl. But then, it could be the air group's leading chief, who has lost a lot of money because of supposed bad advice Sam gave him.