Patrick McLanahan is back. The USAF veteran's latest challenge is to turn a group of maverick young pilots into America's premier tactical strike force. But the chance to test their mettle comes far sooner than expected when the fragile peace in Asia is suddenly shattered.
South Korean fighter-bombers unexpectedly attack North Korea in support of a massive people's revolt. To the world's surprise, North Korea surrenders, the borders are thrown open and the new United Republic of Korea is born, ready to use its reserve of nuclear warheads to defend its sovereignty - and to defy the might of China.