Explosion--when over thirty naval crewmen of the battleship Utah die in what looks like a gun turret accident. Explosion when a sailor with a shocking connection to one of the victims is accused of murderously setting off the blast--Explosion when pressure from the brass and threats of violence mount against Catain ark Gamrick, the investigating officer who doubts his own team's evidence, and balks at railroading a conviction. Gamrick knows that before he can decide to defend a man with all the odds against him, he must come up with the ral killer. For this is a death penalty court-martial, where guilt is assumed and justice swift. It is the trial that will decide not only a sailor's fate, but the fate of Gamrick's once-brilliant career.