Forest fire is the enemy and hothead Dan Mallory, overcompetitive Smokejumper trainee, is the problem. When Dan freezes on the day of his first practice jump and realizes he'll never be part of the elite Smokejumper corps, he sets out on foot for home and mother in Walla Walla -- only to run into Ranger Burke on the trail of a giant blaze that threatens the whole Sun King Valley. From that moment on, the raging flames and Walton's super-energetic pace leave not a moment for self pity. The name of the game is endurance -- Dan's, Burke's, the grimy firefighters'. . . yours.