A father's abandonment and subsequent death of his mother leave a young Nick Covington struggling to control his destiny. Emotionally hardened and yearning for a sense of security, he sets out to build a life believing that only financial success can provide the stability he seeks. He will do anything to achieve his goal and as obstacles crop up, Nick resorts to reckless behavior, breaking ethical and moral boundaries. His journey leads to stints in the Pennsylvania coal mines and Texas oil fields before ending in arctic Northwest Canada where the stakes are high and the outcome doubtful.
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"This is an interesting story! An enterprising young man tries to forget about his difficult background by becoming successful in the competitive energy business. Nick Covington had a father who left and a mother who died. Fortunately, he was blessed with a curious mind and a ferocious intelligence, and he uses these gifts to quell the firestorm of neglect, abandonment and hurt still residing in him from childhood. With his mother passed away, he leaves his home in Pittsburgh and heads east to the coal mines of central Pennsylvania. There, he engages a mentor named Stan Henderson, who takes the young and ambitious Nick under his wing and helps him on professional and personal journeys. When Stan takes Nick home to Texas for the holidays, Nick envisions a chance to strike it rich in the oil business. He gets on as a roughneck and, with Stan's help, climbs the company ladder. However, the promotions are not enough to placate Nick's hunger, and when he seizes upon the idea to get a stake in the sand-oil business in Canada, he departs once again. Nick eventually finds massive success in Canada, but at the expense of his personal well-being, as his ever-burning ambition ignites alcoholism and sky-high stress levels. Good is never good enough for Nick, who sees professional success as a panacea for emotional instability, and he eventually implodes as all the lying and overreaching finally catch up to him. This is an interesting story!"