Synopsis:Charlie Franklin is a 92 year-old black man and it's his birthday. As he looks through an old photo album in his attic, the story unfolds of his youth and good friendship with Zach Mullins, a white man and a dwarf.
They meet by chance on a cargo train, both hitching a free ride escaping from Holly Bluff, Mississippi. It's 1936, in the midst of the Great Depression and Charlie is being hunted by Ku Klux Klan men, while Zach takes money from his abusive boss where he worked in a carnival.
Together, the two men decide to travel together and escape the suppression they've both been living under. With Charlie's muscle and Zach's brains, the combination works well for them and they become successful in their ventures.
Everything seems to be going their way. They make a lot of money investing in the stock market and they travel the country. They eventually settle down in California and buy a house and local business together. They buy a dog, and Charlie falls in love with an attractive young black woman named Betty, who manages their shop.
Life is good, until their past catches up with them.