The pending presidential election, communist sympathizers, Korean conflict, and Thanksgiving have the attention of the national media. The residents of a small western Missouri town are focused on renovation of the local air base, high school activities, and holiday observances. Then, on base, two singular events occur: a teenager interrupts a military ceremony and an odd fatality occurs. That same day a prominent woman drowns in an apparent accident. Local police, base APs, and citizens, including feisty teenagers, are involved in the turmoil surrounding the events.