A sophisticated reader would reject as absurd a work of fiction the plot of which hinged on circumstances and events similar to those surrounding the Battle of Midway. He doubtless would dismiss the story as too contrived, too bizarre to have ever happened. Yet, of course, it did happen. Can it have been a quarter of a century ago?
Midway atoll is a speck of coral barely jutting out of the blue Pacific some 1,300 miles west-northwest of Pearl Harbor. Except for smaller Kure Island some 60 miles beyond, Midway is the final link in the sprawling Hawaiian chain. Its essential parts are few, consisting of two tiny islands, Sand and Eastern, enclosed in a forbidding reef.