Sid Hawkes, a mid-western high school student and the oldest son of a ""big man"" in town, is driven toward a basketball career on the strength of his father's enthusiasm for the game. Cowed by his forceful father, he has neither the strength nor ability to decide whether he is genuinely interested in the sport. But when a new coach comes to the school, one who is more concerned with the character of his team than their public glory, Sid finds himself pitted against his father who despises the new regime. By finally taking a stand, Sid not only is able to define his own attitudes towards the game, but also becomes a man in the eyes of his father and understands not only his father's great strength, but his human weaknesses. A good portrayal of a father-son conflict well entrenched with basketball details.