TOM, our pugilistic hero, has suffered a lifetime of anger resulting from an abusive childhood; anger he was never allowed to release. The only place he could always find solace, was with his childhood friend ALICE. Tom’s a good guy with a passion for boxing, but he struggles with negativity and wonders about the meaning of life. During an altercation with a drunken acquaintance, Tom gets provoked and pushed over the edge of explosive rage; he enters, what the boxing world calls, the “Hate Gate”. He loses control, severely injures several people and lands in jail where he recognizes the enormous strength of this hate-driven power. Tom decides to further develop that skill and resolves to become the next Heavyweight Champion of the World.
Five years later, Tom has worked his way into a title fight where he faces TANK, a natural born killer who also channels the dark forces of hatred. Due to the superior physical build of Tank and his greater capacity for hate, Tom suffers a devastating loss in the ring and as a result becomes suicidal because of the seeming futility of his life. Just in the nick of time, Alice persuades Tom to see an unorthodox female boxing trainer who has had a near-death experience and claims that only a boxer who fights out of love and compassion, rather than hate and fear, will be able to defeat Tank. Tom accepts the offer and enters a consciousness-raising journey that promises to change his life forever. Tom tries, through applying metaphysical thought and through the arts of painting, yoga, and meditation, to resolve the conflict between the goodness of love and the violence of boxing.
A year later, refreshed with both, spiritual and emotional vigor, Tom engages Tank for a rematch where he once again finds himself on the receiving end of a brutal assault. Fear clouds Tom’s mind and he resorts to his old ways of hatred and anger, but those false friends are impotent against Tank’s onslaught. As he hangs on to his last shred of consciousness, Tom reaches deep within to find that his newly-acquired enlightenment is indeed the key to not only slay the dragons of fear in his heart, but also to become detached from the outcome of the title fight. It is only then that he recognizes how great his love for Alice is.