In the vein of Shere Leave, another novel of fliers, of the intensity of short term sensation, the invalidation of real emotion, the pace and strain which aged them quickly, the experiences they forgot slowly. This is the story of Mark, whose best friend was burned to death in the plane they flew, whose girl, Diana, cannot always manage to forget the boy she loved before Mark, another flier who had died. It is the story of operations out of England, of the next to last one for Mark in which his plane was shot to pieces; of a hospital stay, and a leave -- with Diana, and of Diana's death in an air raid. And finally of a transfer back to America -- and the lacting hangover of faces he can't escape. Authentic-effective-autobiographical testimonial to those who came back.