The crew of the huge Airbus 330 at
first sense nothing, the flight displays still showing them on course to
New York. But with puzzled passengers reporting stars on the wrong side
and growing alarm over the sudden failure of all their radios – and
when armed fighters pull alongside to force them to land – the confused
pilots discover that Flight 10 is streaking back toward the
hyper-volatile Middle East and there is nothing they can do about it.
an alphabet soup of federal agencies struggling for answers and
messages flying between Washington, and Tel Aviv where the flight began,
the growing supposition that Flight 10 may be hijacked is fueled by the
presence of a feared and hated former head of state sitting in first
class, a man with an extreme Mid East agenda who may somehow be
responsible for the Airbus A-330’s loss of control. As frantic
speculation spreads, the possibility that the unresponsive airliner
could be the leading edge of a sophisticated attack on Iran designed to
provoke a nuclear response drives increasingly desperate decisions.
time and fuel runs low, flying at full throttle toward a hostile border
ahead, Captain Jerry Tollefson and First Officer Dan Horneman have to
put their personal animosities aside and risk everything to wrest
control from the electronic ghost holding them – and perhaps the world –
on a course to certain disaster.
And in the “Hole” – as the war
room in Tel Aviv is called – the interim Prime Minister of Israel
grapples with a horrifying choice in the balance between 300 airborne
lives and the probability of nuclear war.