Jimmy Kowalski se znajde na begu pred policijo, čeprav ni kriminalec. Zgodba se začne, ko Jimmyjeva visoko noseča žena Raphinia v njegovi odsotnosti dobi popadke. Jimmyju tako ne preostane drugega, kot da pritisne na plin, v upanju, da bo pravočasno prišel do nje in nato še do bolnišnice.
When his wife goes into a troubled labor while he is on the road over 1200 miles away James Kowalski, an ex race car driver and a former Army Ranger, attempts to elude police while trying to get home. After numerous chases he turns into a Native American reservation and reflects on his life, and his wife. He then heads off to break through an impenetrable police and FBI roadblock.