As the Cold War was approaching between the Alliance and the Soviet Union, a Constrain officer, Stamp Bragg, cautioned his brother, Randy, that the atomic war was close. Stamp, who lives in Ohio, sends his spouse Helen and their children, Ben Franklin and Patten, to live with Randy in Florida's forlorn city. While they anticipate their entry, Randy cautions his neighbors, Henry and his companions, counting his sweetheart Gover. He began stocking up on nourishment and picked up Helen and her children at the air terminal, as the radio said pressures between the two superpowers were rising. The following morning, the war started, and atomic weapons annihilated all of Florida's major cities. Washington was annihilated, as well, and the current president became the lowest-ranking president within the cabinet. After losing all of its control and communication with the rest of the nation, Fort Ripos was totally disconnected. There's clutter within the little town. Randy's best companion, neighbor Wear Gunn, is beaten by addicts who seeking drugs from his clinic. A neighborhood police chief is murdered; Bank President Edgar Quisenberry kills himself. But Randy and his companions, all come to their home on Waterway Street at one time, oversee to preserve and keep up a kind of order in their lives. Randy gives clean water to his home and neighbors, and Henry cultivates various foods nearby a stream. Don continues to travel around the city to see patients and do the finest he can with constrained restorative care. The emergency emerges when numerous individuals realize that they are enduring from radiation harming caused by all the firing and bombings. Don and Randy are taking care of the emergency together. He collects gems and buries them in a lead-cased box with Porky Logan's body. When the townspeople deny burying the coffin, Randy waves the weapon and demands on doing it. Randy's specialty within the city is certainly regarded. A radio declaration broadcasts that previous Armed Officers ought to be capable for military law in remote locations, and Randy was one of those officers. In this manner, he distributed the proclaim and got to make decisions relating to law authorization. The same evening that he and Rib hitched, he assembled and chased a bunch of outlaws when they assaulted Dangan and pitilessly beat him. He and his companions slaughtered three outlaws and cut another, on the off chance that their neighbor Malachay Henry was shot dead. Cities battle amid the summer to outlive deficiencies. Randy tackles the emergency of salt deficiency. He combs the journal of the precursor who founded the city and finds a reference to an adjacent pool full of salt. Within a short time, government planes flew over the city and Randy's troopers and companions including Paul Hart along with helicopters, landed. He tells them that the nation is still attempting to restore fundamental administrations which it may be centuries or as soon as the sullied regions are cleaned up. It moreover confirms that Stamp kicked the bucket within the war, which implies that Pat Frank's choice not to incorporate dates in any of the occasions he portrays is one way of recommending that these occasions may happen in any minute. Be as it may, the story clearly unfurls in 1960, when the Cold War between the States and the Soviet Union was in full swing. There are references to the emergencies of 1957 and 58, which included a coup d’état in Iraq, an endeavor by the Soviet Union to square West Berlin, a US attack of Lebanon, and Soviet suppression in Hungary. All in all, there were many events happening at the same time.