Not since The Godfather and The Untouchables has the American underworld been so vividly portrayed. It was a time when war was being raged on the streets...And everyone had to choose a side... It was from his best friend Johny Sangremano that Mike Kelly first heard the word mafia. It's a secret crime organization, Johnny tells Mike, and the Sangremanos are one of the most powerful families. But he swears that he will never be a part of it, just as Mike vows never to follow in his father's footsteps and become a policeman. Instead, the two friends set out to barnstorm their way across the country in a beat-up old biplane, eking out a living as they go. But youthful dreams die bitter deaths, and before long they are back in New York.