pilot Clark Maxwell thought his fire bombing days were well behind him. But
when Jerry Stein, Maxwell’s friend and airtanker fleet-owner, calls at the
height of the fire season to beg him to reenter the war, he doesn’t hesitate. A
pair of ferocious forest fires is raging out of control, threatening to destroy
Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks and incinerate thousands of area
homes. As the wildfires spread, whipped by massive winds, and the federal
forces arrayed against the fires reach their limits, anxiety grows in the local
population. A paranoia plagues the fire bombers and smoke jumpers as well,
after a mysterious string of violent airborne accidents among the airtanker
fleet claims the lives of some of the most fearless and experienced veterans.
has long argued that the airtankers, old aircraft used by pilots to bomb the fires
with fire retardant slurry, are faulty museum pieces that should have been
grounded years ago. Now some of the fleet seem to be falling apart in midair.
In the middle of the area’s worst wildfire season in history, Maxwell is
convinced that a sinister cover-up is behind the rash of horrific air
disasters. Were the planes’ inspection papers forged? Is someone capitalizing
on these crashes? As he races to unravel a very real mystery and prevent a
natural disaster of massive proportions, Maxwell’s probe reaches the upper
levels of the very government agencies charged with mounting the aerial firefighting
effort, a move that for wholly unexpected reasons just may cost him his life, and
the life of Karen Jones, the married smoke jumper with whom he seems to have
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