A concentrated account of a besieged group in Greece builds up excitement as time, food and manpower runs out. Caught outside the perimeter in the Zeus Hotel, surrounded by insurgents, Whitfield heads up the imprisoned British, American, Greek, and Jewish captives, is forced to ration water, food and ammunition, as he guards the explosive stores housed in the basement. As he gradually comes to realize that there is a traitor among them, he is driven to try to reach British headquarters on foot after the telephone fails. Greek Lokia goes with him, they are captured, escape and eventually bring relief to the tiny garrison to face the traitor with his doom. The conflicts within a polyglot group, an area where the war was officially over but in which a bitterer war of nationalists against red tinged rebels is going on and the nearness of defeat add up to a tense tale.