A Marine recon team extracts other Marines imprisoned in Haiti due to rebel action; women and children die during gunfight. An admiral had ordered the officer in tactical command to wait before starting the mission. Harm and Mac seek to determine who ordered the start of the mission. The responsible officer, a lieutenant colonel, requests a court-martial rather than an admiral's mast; he admits having disobeyed the order to wait by placing the welfare of his men in Haiti over his career. Harm and Mac prosecute, and the admiral and Bud defend. Vigorous courtroom action ensues. Harm calls a surprise witness with surprising testimony. Justice prevails.