Jim Harrison is a test pilot in the United States Air Force, one of the exalted few. He spends his days cheating death in the skies above the Mojave Desert and his nights at his friend Pancho's bar, often with his wife, Grace. She and Harrison are secretly desperate for a child - and when, against all odds, Grace learns that she is pregnant, the two are overcome with joy.
The Last Pilot begins in the bone-dry Mojave Desert during the late 1940s, where US Air Force test pilots are racing to break the sound barrier. Among the exalted few is Jim Harrison: dedicated to his wife, Grace, and their baby daughter. By the 1960s, the space race is underway, and Harrison and his colleagues are offered a place in history as the world’s first astronauts. Jim is faced with the decision of whether to accept his ticket to the moon and at what cost.