Nineteen-year-old Shep Doolan racks up the car -- Big Red I -- that he and his father had built in their backyard. It was intended that the expensive racing car would bring the money that it would take to see Shep through a law school education. Justifiably guilt ridden (it was a foolish accident) Shep sets out to earn enough as a life guard and by driving in jalopy races to repay his father. In the process, he finds himself -- with a more realistic idea of where his career will be made and with a girl. Idealized characters; unobtrusive romance; sturdy, standard story line BUT car races that really move.