Dick Atherton, born on an island north of New Guinea, is living with his father growing copra when news of the Japanese threat reaches them. Then one day the beach is swept by machine-gun fire from Jap planes, and they know it is too late to go. They make preparations to retire, with their faithful boat crew, to a cave in the mountains, and when by and by the crew of an Australian bomber, bailing out after an attack on a Jap aircraft carrier, arrive amongst them, they make the cave their stronghold. After much excitement they recapture the Athertons’ house. But to stay on Aru Kei is impossible, and when American seaplanes arrive, they are glad to be rescued. And then Dick is able to start the path pointed by his long ambition - to be a pilot. He trains in Australia and Canada, and then at last, posted to an English station, he takes part in the offensive against Berlin. His last adventure in the story is a raid over that city, with a return journey which gives himmore “excitement” than any hero could wish. But his ambition is achieved. He has at last taken his place with those fighting for the world’s liberty.