At age 62, Ulysses Grant is bankrupted in a Wall Street Swindle. His only hope to restore his honor and save his family is an offer to write his memoirs of the war. News of Grant's calamity brings his friend, Mark Twain, to his side. Twain is infuriated by the terms offered by the prestigious publisher. He makes an audacious proposal: he will publish Grant's book and make it the biggest best-seller in American history. When Grant finally agrees to Twain's offer, he is diagnosed with terminal cancer and writes in a race with death.