Gunnar 'Brick' Brickendale is, in many ways, a Professional Driver just like any other. He drives, he misses his family, he endures his regrets, and he chases that dollar, one mile at a time.
But Brick loves his job and takes it very seriously. So, when that fateful day came along and changed his life while he enjoyed the weather along Donner Pass as he drove I-80 through the Sierra Mountains, he knew that day changed his life forever.
When the out-of-control school bus flew past him down a 7% decline, Brick knew something had to be done before the bus was wheel's up and scores of children were horribly hurt or, most likely, dead.
Because his new Pete boosted Brick's confidence, he caught up to the bus in order to convince the bus driver to take advantage of a runaway truck ramp. But the bus driver was caught up in panic and not seeing the way out of her crisis.
Brick did the only thing coming to mind, which was utilize his rig to slow the bus by bumping the nose of the bus into the tail of his trailer and then hit the brakes.
While this didn't turn out how he thought it would, Brick succeeded in saving the lives of many children.
This fateful moment placed Brick in the world of Allen Kelly, a prominent and successful businessman in the Reno, Nevada region. While this seemed like a wonderful thing on the outside, Brick would soon be immersed in the insanity and megalomania of a man gone mad, bent on changing the world to his personal satisfaction.
Because Brick is a smart and insightful man who is also a dedicated professional, he soon discovers something so horrible that it could potentially change the course of human history. But Brick is mostly a simple and humble truck driver; not a heroic man seeking the adoration of the everyday world. He knows he needs help.
Through the grace of God and plenty of dumb luck, Brick soon finds himself before the entire world, with everyone watching him while the President of the United States shakes his hand, bestowing his gratitude and ensuring Brick knew the world thanked him for saving what might be the future of Human Civilization.
But what mattered to him most? That he was able to reunite his family and enjoy a future promising he could feel the love from his daughter and her mother. What also mattered is the world they live in also found such simple blessings were important enough to rise against the madness.
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