In the early years of flying, pilots were celebrated like heroes. Their records hit the headlines and cast a spell over people worldwide. Their motto was: faster, farther, longer and higher. One of the biggest challenges has always been to cross the Alps, as turbulences, fall winds, severe cold and the lack of oxigen make this flight a perilous undertaking. This film tells the fascinating story of the men who have put their life at risk with this daring enterprise throughout history: from the early attempts to the beginning of postal and passanger flights and up to our times, in which a flight across the Alps hardly takes an hour.