In 1942, Air Force Capt. Harvey Ross (Dana Andrews) flies his B-25 bomber and crew during a crucial bombing raid on Tokyo, but their plane is shot down and they parachute into Japanese captivity. Ross, Lt. Canelli (Richard Conte), Sgt. Clinton (Farley Granger) and the rest of the tight-knit crew are put through an illegal civil trial before a triumvirate of Japanese judges. When secretly offered their lives in exchange for vital military information, the crew must make a unanimous decision.