Two young men set out on their journeys through life from very different directions. Born into a squalid, underprivileged background, David aspires to fly free. James, overindulged in everything, is attracted to life in the gutter. The momentum builds as circumstances draw both David and James into the exciting world of aviation. David's story portrays the betrayal of innocence. James' story illustrates how a pampered and privileged upbringing can produce an unhappy individual, constantly craving supremacy and prepared to use any means, however demonic, to achieve his own ends. Their origins have shaped their futures but how will this affect the parallel course they find themselves on as they take off to fulfil their destinies?