The author, a book editor for the Chicago Sun-Times, decided to enliven his middle years by learning how to fly. But he wanted an additional challenge, and when he read about the cross-country flight of C.P. Rodgers aboard the Vin Fizz in 1911, he knew he'd found it. In this book, he recounts his experiences learning how to fly (it was difficult to find an instructor willing to teach a deaf person) and buying a Cessna 150 (which he named the Gin Fizz in honor of Rodgers). He intersperses his tale with accounts of Rodgers's historic flight, giving a feeling for how aviation has remained the same and how it has changed throughout the years. The memoir includes lots of details about buying, maintaining, and flying a private airplane and an appreciation for trying something new in midlife.