Baker & Taylor Retired Air Force pilot Ross Colyer becomes involved in an organization that is smuggling war materials to Jewish freedom fighters in Palestine
Blackwell North Amer Condors, continuing Ray Rosenbaum's epic saga of the Air Force, finds highly decorated combat pilot Ross Colyer blocked from obtaining a regular commission at the end of World War II by a powerful enemy in the U. S. Senate. Colyer leaves the service to join a wartime buddy in forming an air freight company. The fledgling operation is saved from early bankruptcy by a contract with the Jewish Relief Foundation, an organization established to provide humanitarian aid to Jewish immigrants to Palestine. In short order Colyer discovers that the Foundation is really a front for a massive clandestine effort to supply war materials to Jewish freedom fighters. The situation is plagued with bitter controversy. The hundreds of thousands of Jews displaced by the war claim Palestine as their homeland. The British, operating under a mandate to administer the troubled land, erect a blockade to prevent wholesale immigration and ban the shipment of arms to Jewish residents there as well. The Arabs flatly state that the day the British leave, they will drive the Jews into the sea. Colyer soon finds himself deeply involved; buying airplanes for the Foundation, hiring crews, and flying supply missions to Palestine. It is dangerous work - the crews are hastily trained, the machines are in disrepair, and the time available to equip the underground Jewish army is perilously short. Lurking in the background is the disturbing knowledge that one wrong move could cost Ross not only his airline but his reserve commission and any hope of returning to active military duty. American law forbids the gunrunning in which Colyer and his company are so heavily involved.