Half an hour, during an air raid on Manhattan, as the catalytic agent in the lives of four groups of characters, that precipitates death, changes for the future, and inability to carry out those changes. An artificial plot skeleton, which is articulated by smooth writing and tight construction, a moving and exciting story sense. McLean finds his need for the wife he deserted: Fanning decides to stick by his wife and son: Caesar discovers his own courage and enlists: Dr. Walsh is prevented from killing his son and accidently killed by the son instead. All four combine into patterns of which they know nothing, the raid and coincidence provide drama and drastic, ironical climaxes. Absorbing -- good for sales and rentals.