A jingoist author, using America's unpreparedness and inability to face war on her own territory as theme, makes a drastic picture of the results of invasion from the Mexican border in novel form. The coalition powers send mercenaries to Mexico, who soon take over Texas and the West Coast, and eventually advancing as far as Washington, bombed the White House by plane. Benning, the central figure, is unable to stop the carnage, doing active espionage work for America. In view of current events this comes close to home, its purpose to ""alert"" the unthinking public by giving facts about military machinery and technique, now immobile, antiquated and worthless. Timely and terrifying.