The future holds unlimited for newborn John Sims as he is born on the Fourth of July 1900. But dreams soon fade with his father's death when John is still but a lad. Like many before him, John sets out to make his mark in New York City, but ends up a faceless worker (#137) in a large office of a large business. Still, he is happy with his fate and soon meets a young woman named Mary on a blind double-date. Things take their course and they soon marry and live in a small apartment. Soon John is bickering with Mary and finds that he has no love for the in-laws. When the marriage looks like a bust, he finds that Mary is with child and he stays. After 5 years, he has a son and a daughter and the same dead-end job. When tragedy strikes, John must find the conviction to continue or lose what little he has left.