Near the end of World War II a German fighter pilot is executed in his parachute by the American who shot him down. The German's wingman vows retribution but the war ends before he can find the American. Years later the two men meet in Alaska during the construction of the Trans-Alaska pipeline. Neither knows the past of the other until, gradually, the German wingman discovers that the American is the fighter pilot who murdered his flight leader. The wingman's suppressed hatred of the killer boils up within him. He plots his long delayed revenge.