A farm boy with a dream, mechanical skills, and nerves of steel. He would rather watch and daydream about hawks flying over the farm fields than doing his chores. Ultimately he runs away from the farm, learns to fly with just 3 hours of lessons, and proceeds to a life of flying with Lindbergh, crashes, cross country races, Hollywood stunt flying, flying circuses, barnstorming, daredevil bets, and bootlegging.