Bud Baker, a football hero is encouraged to keep in shape by going out for another sport during his off season ball. Bud chooses swimming and is soon frustrated by his lack of proficiency. A talk with Soronson changes Bud's attitude toward his second choice sport and regenerates that old desire to win. Long sessions in body conditioning, in practice, meets and racing techniques prove to Bud that ""there is more to swimming than just swimming."" Having learned the way through failure, and through the observation and competition of experts, Bud is finally on his way to mastery. Bud's training, both in and out of the water, can be used as a real model for any future racer. A glossary of swimming terms concludes a technically dependable book for boys by a popular author.