J. Phillip Granby is hoping to secure the Republican nomination for the presidency and is in Iowa preparing for the state caucus. His car breaks down and he is picked up by Glenn Tupper and given a ride to his destination. They become acquaintances and, eventually, friends. Soon Granby is quoting Tupper in his speeches and referencing his friend’s common sense and, as a result he is gaining ground in the polls.
What happens to slow down the momentum and threaten Tupper’s family and Granby’s future is not hard to predict but the story is a good one, nonetheless. With references to Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, Ottumwa, Mason City, Osceola, and even Trenton, Missouri, at one point, this was a fun book to read.