Lou works for his Dad in the Cecalio Foundry & Machine Company, in New Jersey, turning honest work into an honest wage. However, local Mafia have other ideas for this 20-year-old with rugged good looks and a quick mind, asking Lou to come work for them.
He chooses to leave the state rather than turn to a life of crime, so despite the Great Depression, Lou heads West looking for opportunity. Soon, he finds a job as a machinist, a place to live and a whole lot more in the hills of Colorado.
Lou settles on a small farm that once was owned by a prospector, who died six years earlier. The sign on the farm said, “Tax Sale” and he purchases it thinking he’ll find a quiet life under the wide-open skies. After a while, Lou finds gold on the property, befriends a young black man and has another brush with the Mafia.
Only after finding a wife and moving his parents out to Colorado, does Lou finally get to live happily ever after.