Louie Zamperini is a child of Torrance, who comes from a family of Italian immigrants. He is a true problem child and his parents creates many inconveniences and beyond. Since commit petty illegalities including the theft of food, he is forced to flee more and one day his older brother is thinking of something better out of it, so it becomes runner-performance drives. Although it is very talented and reach the Olympics a few years later, his career is interrupted by the start of the Second World War and enroll in American aviation. While fly by plane together with other comrades of his, they collapse adrift in the Pacific and twenty days.