Clancy Miller is an abused 12 year old who runs away to keep from getting taken away by social workers. Out on the streets, she meets up with Nick, an ill-tempered, homeless vet. A corrupt mayor, desperately seeking re-election, offers Nick a reward to keep the missing girl out of site for a few days; the mayor’s secret plan – to ‘find her’ in grand fashion in an attempt to gain favor with the voters. A scuffle with a loan shark sends Clancy and Nick on the lam to the nearby countryside. There an unlikely friendship blossoms, as the downand- out man slowly begins to see the world through the eyes of the optimistic girl.