The story introduces Traynor as a young, idealistic veteran, who after the war finds himself floundering, unsure of what he wants in life. Traynor stumbles into the trucking industry by chance, taking a position with ALLIED TRANSPORT. For Traynor this is only a stop gap position until he gets his life together. Starting as a dockworker Traynor quickly advances under the tutelage of WILLIE BLOOM. Moving into a road driver's position, Traynor discovers he has found his niche and rapidly ascends the corporate ladder taken under the wing of BEN LIEBMAN, Vice President of Operations. In Traynor Ben Liebman spots a quick study and Traynor begins his rise at Allied Transport.
Drawn into the inner circle of Allied Transport, Traynor finds out quickly that Allied is made up of more than just men and machines moving freight from coast to coast. He finds a world of hard men, making hard decisions. It is also a mysterious world of cunning and devious men where only the strong and vicious survive. The supportive characters that help build this story include men like SAUL LEHMAN, the man who founded and built Allied Transport. SAUL LEHMAN JR., his son was destined to inherit the company.