THE CAVE tells the story of Samuel Tobin Carter, a twenty-year-old US Air Force C-130 crewmember who is shot down while on a classified mission over Laos in 1966. A Tennessee native with long experience and curiosity about caves, Carter knows that Laos is a "karst region," an area characterized by limestone at the surface and honeycombed with caves. Immediately after his shoot-down, he sets out to find a cave in which to hide. Carter not only finds the cave, he finds more – the means by which to wage his own personal war against the North Vietnamese, particularly the antiaircraft gunners who had shot him down. The authors borrows from his own experiences as an enlisted C-130 aircrew member during the Vietnam War and the many happy hours he spent later in his life exploring the vast underground world of northeastern Kentucky.