Marcus is on of the best players on his junior high school basketball team. He's the highest scorer and the best rebounder, but he's not so great at free throws. When Marcus misses four free throws at the end of an important game and his team loses, he begins to lose his confidence on the court. Witht he help of a school custodian and former high school basketball player, Mr. Dunn, he learns about the "granny shot," an unorthodox way of shooting foul shots, and aobut former NBA star Rick Barry, who use it throughout his career. In the end, Marcus learns the important lesson that appearances don't matter and pride stems from using knowledge and talent to do your best.