Lincoln Smith, a young Texan living at the beginning of the 20th century, thinks of himself as the last true cowboy. He longs for the days of the Old West, when men like his father, a famous Texas Ranger, lived by a chivalric code. But he finds himself hopelessly out of time and place in the fast-changing U.S. of the new century.
"Take no prisoners"
Dolphin Smoote is the leader of the "Surf Dawgs", a group of young, ultra-cool Southern California surfers who observe the True Surfers' Code. The code, which dates from the heyday of 60s surf culture, dictates that whether they are riding waves, chasing girls, or facing other challenges, they have to be both "casual" and "radical". Dolphin is smitten with the new girl from out of town and longs to impress her, but acquiring a job would interfere with his casual, radical lifestyle.