The lead character is an African American who served in the Army Air Force during WWII. His life is framed by the highs of being needed as a fighter pilot to the lows of coming home to an America reeling from a glut of returning GIs with not enough jobs to go around. However, he made his home life a success by marrying his sweetheart and starting an aero business again where he was needed. Tragedy struck with the loss of his business partner, his wife, and finally his business. He left it all behind and began riding the rails not looking for nor running from anything - just being “Lenny”. The secondary character is “Bronco”, a White kid who has a good family and a job with the railroad. The book outlines their lives and their courses that keep bringing these two together. Everything from sleeping in a ditch covered with newspaper to the board room of major railroads. Both men were alternative successes and failures that shaped their relationship.