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A written prologue describes the world's increasing reliance on oil and the lengths to which adventurous men will go to discover new oil fields. At the end of the film, as "Billy Larsen," "Mike Monohan" and "Jim Evans" fly away in the rescue plane, Billy reminds the others of a famous story about what Abraham Lincoln said when people criticized General Ulysses S. Grant for drinking too much. Billy then paraphrases Lincoln's comments that he would find out what Grant drank and send some to the other generals. Mike then wonders aloud what Barlow drank.