Mike's grandfather raises him on the North Fork Indian Reservation in California, teaching him the Indian ways and history of the tribe, how to track animals, and how to cover up his tracks. But when he gets older, Mike wants to become a professional motorcycle racer--something that Mike doesn't have. He tries to get a mechanic's job in a motorcycle shop to increase his chances of obtaining sponsorship, but there are no openings. Instead, Mike's search lands him a civil service job that leads to romance and life-threatening experiences in Laos, where he earns his Indian name, Mantracker. It turns out to be the most turbulent
ride of his life.