What drives a 13-year-old trapeze artist to run away from the circus? Marco Spolini seeks freedom from an overbearing father, critical stepmother and smothering uncle. A journey of discovery takes him from New York to Los Angeles across a 1980 America beset by economic and political frustration.
Accompanied by a 15-year-old multiracial street kid named Jimmy Q and hunted by a relentless female private eye, Marco encounters a legless Vietnam veteran dealing drugs while writing country songs, a former porn star married to a televangelist, a widowed truck driver hauling a bizarre secret, a four-person softball team featuring three statuesque women, an Iranian refugee pursuing the American dream in New Mexico, an intellectual motorcycle gang and a California whose dark side matches its legendary sunshine.
A Huckleberry Finn for our time, Flight of the Spumonis offers a satiric, moving look at an America in transition and the timeless human quest for community.