Johnny April's ambition to become a Civil Airline pilot seemed hopeless. When he told his
stepmother about it, and said that he hoped his father would keep him, and help pay for his
flying lessons, she first thought that he was joking. When she saw that he was serious, she
"Dreams !" she said, "and dreams are something the likes of us can't afford to have."
His father was more sympathetic, but hardly more helpful. "There isn't a penny to spare," he said. "In fact I'm relying on you earning some money very soon so that you can contribute to the housekeeping. I'm sorry but there it is."
Johnny's moment of truth had arrive. He knew that he had to rely on his own eforts.