In his native Lenoir, North Carolina, Will Wallace, Jr. is a 1943 baseball star. It is said that his skills surpassed his father’s legendary baseball feats.
The mother of his high school sweetheart, Dena, disapproves of their romance and declares Will, a mere baseball player and lumberjack, to be beneath their social status.
Soon, Will joined the fight against America’s apartheid in baseball. Soon, the Ku Klux Klan teaches Will a lesson in the status.
Will’s father’s friend, a former Atlanta Crackers baseball player, devises for Will a clever escape from Klan pursuit and hides him in the U.S. Army.
Will’s 366th Infantry Regiment’s first mission in Italy is keeping the pilots and planes of the 99th Fighter Squadron (Tuskegee Airmen) safe from enemy saboteurs while on the ground between aerial sorties. When Will fulfills his wish to fight against the Germans, he finds himself in intense combat that leaves him with flagging hope he will live to see Dena again.