Jim McNeely is a young man thrust into the vibrant and brutal West Texas oilfields in 1939. In a state gushing with oil and filled with ambition, McNeely settles into a small-town community that is slowly overcoming the trauma of the Great Depression. The formidable path before him is riddled with obstacles. But he finds a glimmer of hope with his first loves: his new wife and drilling for oil. With everything falling into place to ascend to the top of the oil chain, McNeely stumbles upwards through his success and in turn jeopardizes his longing to conquer this brave new world of influence and wealth. What will define his legacy in building the rich oil tradition of West Texas?