As WWII nears its searing climax, Navy fighter pilot Swep Culhane returns to his home in Utah on medical furlough. His homecoming defeats expectationsahe loses his wife, his ranch, and a year of his life thanks to draft dodger Hayden Prendregast. But Prendregast is a small potato in a much larger stew of wartime black marketeering and ration-stamp counterfeiting that extends far beyond the confines of Utah. Swep has to sort out who is friend and who is foe. The one personaother than Dove Cordierathat he can count on is a local sheriffaor can he?