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Farmboy Slim, fascinated by the high wire lineworkers near his farm, gets his chance to join them when a crewman is fired. Veteran lineman Red Blayd takes Slim in hand and he does well at his job, but both he and Red are fired when they loyally lie to protect their boss Pop Traver. Still, they have been well paid, so the two men take off together for Chicago where Red's girl Cally is a nurse. The three of them celebrate at nightclubs and expensive restaurants until their money runs out. Before Slim leaves with Red to find a new job, Cally begs him to quit this dangerous work before he is seriously hurt. Slim and Red sign on to a crew in the desert where Slim is seriously wounded when crewman Wilcox pulls a knife during a fight. Cally comes to nurse Slim and they fall in love. Slim and Cally tell Red that they want to get married, but Cally changes her mind when Slim turns down a desk job to work on the wires. Disappointed and angry, Slim heads back East with Red to join Pop's new crew. When some wires go down in a heavy storm the men must make repairs near exposed electrical wires. Cally braves the storm to follow them to the site and watches in horror as Red falls to his death. She hopes this will change Slim's mind about the work, but when he goes back up anyway, she tells him she'll be waiting when he comes down.