This is a fascinating non-fiction account of the crash of a small American military plane in an inaccessible valley in Dutch New Guinea in the waning days of WWII. The plane was carrying soldiers and WACs (Women's Auxiliary military staff) on a sightseeing flight on a day off. The story follows the adventures of the small group of survivors as they encounter local cannibalistic warrior tribes and as they are supplied by paratroopers, treated by Philippino medics, and eventually rescued in a complex and daring effort. The reporter worked with interviews with a survivor of the crash and others involved in the rescue, as well as diaries, military records, and even video made in the valley by an actor-turned-jewel-thief-turned-military-film-maker who parachuted in to document the situation. This book is worth reading just for the amazing cross-cultural misunderstandings that ensue between the natives and the strange creatures who fall from the sky.