While the Union he saved is starkly divided again, Ulysses Grant's star is rising to new heights. Then, at age 62, Grant is bankrupted in a Wall Street swindle. His friend, Mark Twain, 13 years younger, idolized the great soldier. He makes the wild claim that if he publishes Grant's memoirs, he will make it the biggest success in history. Half-way through the writing, Grant is diagnosed with terminal cancer. The two unlikely friends have staked everything on a race with death.