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Don Benton, a former World War II pilot now running a travel agency in Hong Kong, refuses to take political sides and flatly rejects an offer to do espionage work for the United States. Mao Tai Tai, an aged Chinese woman who more or less adopted Benton during the war years, asks him to try to find her missing grandson. Knowing that the grandson was piloting a Formosan plane that disappeared over mainland China, Benton obtains a passport through a Russian friend, Ivano Kang, goes to the mainland, and rescues the pilot. Then, to clear the young man's name, he goes to Canton to bring back one of the plane's passengers--an American agent, Lola Sanchez, who has memorized a vital scientific formula and is willing to sell it to the highest bidder. Kang tries to get the formula from her, and she kills him. Benton hopes to get Lola out of the city, but as they work their way through holiday street crowds she is fatally wounded by Kang's bodyguard and dies with her secret. Back in Hong Kong, Benton once more turns down an offer to do undercover work for the U. S. government.