Twelve-year-old Tom Gallagher loves baseball. He also loves the old ballpark in his hometown, which is about to be destroyed. Tom finds himself in a tight spot. The fate of Dillontown, his small California town, rests on the outcome of one baseball game, winner take all. Tom hopes to lead his team to victory with the secrets of the now disgraced player, Dante Del Gato. Maybe Tom has one hope: Cruz de la Cruz, the mysterious boy who just rode into town on horseback claiming to know the secret of hitting.