When the F-14 Tomcat of the only female flier in Punk’s training class rolls wildly during a hop, nearly causing a midair collision, Punk has trouble believing her claim that a malfunction in the cockpit was responsible. When a similar accident claims the life of one of his fellow trainers, Punk suspects a cover-up involving the use of faulty parts. But no sooner does he bring on the heat with his allegations that a far more important crisis calls Punk’s squadron into active duty. This time, it is not a training drill. . . it’s America’s next war.