Obsessed with motorcycles and the urge to own one, Al Turner purchases a angled mass of metal on which a champion cyclist had been recently killed. Al persuades Matt O'Reilly, owner of the service station where he--Al-- works after school, to help him reconstruct the Triumph. After signing with his father, a ""contract"" of strict rules, Al proceeds to ignore most of them. The cycle is a source of endless thrills; it travels like the wind and is easy to control. After a tragic race in which the boasting owner of a Harley Davidson is killed, Al won't touch his machine--the iller. His father and Matt, realizing the boy's conscience has punished him enough, ersuade Al to race at the big track. A revved-up story which rushes across Texas irt roads and hills at full speed-- well written and developed; it is the kind of ook which will gain a large, interested audience.