Directed By: Andrew V. McLagen
Starring: John Wayne and Katharine Ross
Chance Buckman is the head of an oil fire-fighting outfit. While Chance enjoys the thrills of the job, he still holds a place in his heart for his wife, Madelyn, who left him 20 years earlier, taking their daughter Tish with her, because she could not bear to see her husband risk his life. Chance's life complicates further when he suffers a near-fatal accident. Against his wishes his daughter visits him. He is further dismayed when he discovers that his assistant Greg has married her five days after meeting her. In spite of this, Buckman does not have any hard feelings toward the two, and he warmly accepts the marriage. However, Greg suspects that his new father-in-law is growing increasingly protective of him after the marriage. Tish wishes to see in person the fires that her husband and father are fighting, something that neither of them encouraged. However, Tish persists, and after some time, Buckman resigns from the company and takes a job at an oil company, leaving Greg as the head. Madelyn is happy to see her husband in a safe job and marries him. Meanwhile, Greg encounters problems with an oil well fire in Venezuela, problems made worse by guerillas, who are trying to undermine the operation. He asks Chance to return and help fight the fire, something that Chance needs no permission to do. Madelyn faces the truth that Chance will never be able to resist the lure of fighting fires. Chance goes to Venezuela, but cannot keep Madelyn and Tish from going also. With the combination of careful planning and the help of the Venezuelan army, the fire-fighting team manages to beat back the fire.