It was a sparkling late afternoon in April 1975. Abruptly the news flashes raced across the base: A U.S. Air Force C-5A Galaxy transport plane carrying 243 Vietnamese orphans had gone down shortly after leaving Tan Son Nhut airfield, near Saigon. Air Force officials feared sabotage.
In this historical novel, the author captures the intense drama of the two months leading up to the American Airlift. He tells the story through the eyes and flashbacks of an American combat veteran, John Ellis, who returns to Vietnam as a social worker intent on saving the children, especially those who are part Vietnamese and part American and referred to as "Amerasians." After the North Vietnamese take over, these orphans will likely be killed or left to die because they represent "Imperialist America."