Ecuador, 1969: Fay Fern, sits in the corner of a restaurant, she and her young son Wright turned away from the television where Vincent Kahn becomes the first man to walk on the moon.
Years earlier, Fay and Vincent meet at a pilots' bar in the Mojave Desert. Vincent is a married test pilot training as an astronaut; Fay is a spurned child of privilege working in her sister's bar. Fay, as an activist. Their casual affair ends quickly, but its consequences linger.
Though their lives split, each become heroes to different sides of the political spectrum of the 1960s and 70s: Vincent an icon with no plan beyond the mission for which he has single-mindedly trained, Fay a leader of a violent leftist group whose anti-Vietnam actions make her one of the FBI's most wanted.