On July 2, 1937, Amelia Earhart (Hilary Swank) and her navigator, Fred Noonan (Christopher Eccleston), are on the last leg of an around-the-world flight.
Moving in vignettes from her early years when Earhart was captivated by the sight of an aircraft flying overhead on the Kansas prairie where she grew up, her life over the preceding decade gradually unfolds.
As a young woman, she is recruited by publishing tycoon and eventual husband, George Putnam (Richard Gere) to become the first woman to cross the Atlantic Ocean, albeit as a passenger.
Taking command of the flight results in a success and she is thrust into the limelight as the most famous woman pilot of her time.
Putnam helps Earhart write a book chronicling the flight, much like his earlier triumph with Charles Lindbergh's We.
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