Cooley Wyatt is a gripping morality tale that pits the values of a well-born, Harvard-educated 'new journalist' against those of a poor, self-taught folk-singer whose fame lasts only six years before he dies in a plane crash in 1972. The near-present. Passing an East Side New York hotel, Jack bumps into a Western-dressed man and his wife about to leave in a cab. In a split-second of recognition, Jack believes the man to be Cooley Wyatt. Jack determines to track him down. If it is Cooley, then Jack, nearly broke, is on to a scoop of the century which can put him back on top. Thus begins a dynamic drama that ultimately tests the character of both the hunter and his quarry during a life and death climax.