U.S. radar installations pick up on their screens a fleet of Soviet warplanes en route from Afghanistan--apparently headed to invade some of the world's richest oil fields. A frantic Saudi king demands to know what the U.S. response will be, and the most crucial day the world has ever known blazes toward its high noon of decision.
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