Leo is 11 years old and lives in San Francisco where he works as a newspaper boy. He loves his job and the money that he earns, but his most prize possession is his grandfather's gold nugget. Worth more than anything he could earn at the newspaper stand, he will never sell it. . . until a group of boys beats him up and steals it. Leo and his friend Morris are determined to get the gold back, but before they can do anything, the 1906 San Francisco earthquake happens. With everything around him destroyed or burning, will he survive this devastating disaster? This fictionalized account is based on real events.