Arturo Ortega si je vedno želel postati slavni in uspešni boksar. Njegova kariera je bila kratkotrajna, vseeno pa je svoje ambicije in boksarsko znanje prenesel na svoje tri sinove, ki jih pridno trenira. Johnny kaže največ potenciala, zato ga skušajo k sebi zvabiti drugi menedžerji in trenerji. Arturo se počuti izdanega, ko Johnny sprejme ponudbo drugega menedžerja, njegova brata pa Johnnyju zamerita, da je očetu obrnil hrbet. Obenem druga dva sinova zaman želita, da bi Arturo verjel tudi v njune boksarske sposobnosti.
An ex-boxer, living with the knowledge that his fight career was cut short by a crooked manager, channels his bitter disappointment in a single-minded quest for boxing championships for his three sons. We see them in pee-wee Silver Glove matches with dad constantly pushing them. Ten years later, they're young men, with dad as both father and manager. A professional promoter, Nick Everson, wants to sign the boys, but dad rejects those offers. Then, in expressions of their varied relationships with their father, each son makes his own decisions. Can dad ever step aside, and can the family hold together?