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During the Japanese invasion of the Philippines, American civilian Craig Benson works with guerrilla fighters on the islands, delivering supplies and evacuating stranded civilians. For some time he has been searching for his wife, Ruth, who became separated from him when the Japanese attacked Manila. Aided by easygoing Marty Sackler, a U. S. Marine radio operator, Benson contacts guerrilla leader Julio Fontana, who agrees to round up Americans hiding in the hills in exchange for U. S. ammunition. Benson also discovers that his wife, thinking that he had been killed, has joined the guerrillas and is now Fontana's mistress. Eventually, Benson and Fontana manage to get a small group of civilians down to a beach where they are scheduled to be met by a submarine. The Japanese suddenly attack, and Marty tries to swim to his radio shack to call for help; but he is killed by a shark. Benson, however, slips away and rounds up a group of guerrilla fighters who defeat the enemy forces. As the submarine arrives to pick up the survivors, Ruth decides to leave Fontana and return to her husband.