The charmed life of Ron Jerdin, record breaking long-distance runner, is dashed by a series of disasters. A freak injury threatens his career, shatters his trust in the college coach who recruited him and robs him of chance at international prominence. Just as he begins to regain his form, an even greater tragedy strikes. Jerdin escapes into running and racing, gradually rebuilding his life. Along the way inspiration and joy come to him from the most unlikely source. As his abilities and accomplishments abound, the forces of destiny that robbed him begin to point him toward the greatest road race of all.