It seemed clear that only through an all-out war--nuclear war--could a free United States survive and the Marxist disease be exterminated."" Such is the thinking of the North Star (i.e., Polaris) Society, a small group of Navy officers and technicians who secretly take over one of our nuclear subs in the western Atlantic and go to work bypassing the missiles' safety interlocks. Their sinister design takes shape with the destruction of a Soviet destroyer, then the fake report of their own sinking. . . and before you know it WW III is a mere panic button away despite the caution of our cool Chief of Naval Operations, Isaac Anderson. An effectively sustained nail-biter out of the Fail Safe school of Russian roulette.