Michael Douglas plays Michael Andropolis, an American marathon runner whose fear of losing has cost him dear both professionally and personally. His failure to turn up on the day of a big race has made him a laughing stock, he's now into his 30's, his marriage has fallen apart and his kids have lost all respect for him. But Andropolis has never lost his love for running - nor his ultimate, but seemingly hopeless, dream: to compete in the marathon at the Olympic Games. Now Andropolis faces the race of his life. First, however, he must run a very personal race against his own demons before he can compete against the world's greatest athletes.