Jimmy Doyle is the best basketball player ever to come out of Granham, Minnesota. It doesn't sound like much, but Jimmy can play — and the people putting together an American "Dream Team" know it. But when he is offered a starting position on the team, bound for an international tournament in Rome, Jimmy doesn't realize how tough he'll have to play, both on and off the court. When the Dream Team arrives in Italy, some of the fans don't like Jimmy's teammates — or the color of their skin. Jimmy's first taste of international stardom becomes a nightmare of hate and racism when the fans try to make the Dream Team's next game their last.
When Jimmy Doyle is chosen as a member of a ten-man teen basketball team Jimmy soon learns that he must not only earn the respect of his teammates, but also overcome the trials - both sporting and cultural - of playing in an international competition.