MIKA (8) is a precious, but sad girl who has not only lost her mother at childbirth, but was also abandoned by her father, JOSEPH who blames her for the tragedy. Mika lives with her aunt, EBUN and keeps praying that one day her father will come back to love her, but no matter how hard Mika tries, the relationship with her father deteriorates to the point where Mika has to move on. Fifteen years later, Mika is in college on a track scholarship to run the 400-meter dash. Everything changes when a newspaper article portrays her as being an up-and-coming contender for the Olympic trials. For the first time in her life, Mika receives attention from her father and concludes that her only chance to obtain his love forever is by winning an Olympic gold medal.
With one goal in mind, Mika trains harder than ever and indeed qualifies for the Olympic trials in Eugene Oregon. After making the Olympic team, LLOYD, a charming sports reporter who secretly fancies Mika, not only introduces himself to Mika, but also gives her some more favorable coverage that makes her an overnight media sensation and the next Olympic hopeful. Onward to Brazil for the Olympic summer games in Rio de Janeiro, Mika faces bitter rivalry and friendship betrayal. After weeks of grueling training, Mika’s body gives out and her dream of Olympic gold fades. As all seems lost, coach HENDERSON entices Mika with the latest, undetectable performing-enhancing drug, which turns Mika’s battle for the gold into a battle for her soul. In the end, Mika gives in, takes steroids and cheats her way into the finals.
The final race is a nail-biting thriller as several illegally juiced-up women dash around the track toward the finish line. Mika wins the Olympic gold by a few inches and finally got it all! But on the night of the medal ceremony, Mika’s inner pride soon turns into shame as she reflects on her choices. The world is shocked as Mika takes off her gold medal and steps down from the podium. In an unprecedented and heartfelt speech, Mika appeals to millions of people around the world as she admits her wrongdoings and her lack of integrity. The controversy rages on for days and Mika’s career is over, but her conscience is clear, and even her father approaches her and repents in an unexpected way. – What good is winning when you lose your heart?