The film's two main protagonists are Russia's best saber fencers. One of them has long been in the limelight, the other only recently made it into the national team and has been winning almost every tournament since. The two athletes begin to fight for supremacy both on and off the arena.
By the age of twenty, Eduard Streltsov has everything one can dream of: talent, money, fame and love. He is the rising star of the Soviet football. The whole country expects victory from the national team at the upcoming World Cup where Streltsov is to face the great Brazilian football player Pelé. However, sportsman's enemies destroy his career a few days before the team leaves for the event. When his sport career seems to have ended for good, Streltsov has to re-enter the field and prove that he is a true champion who is worth everybody's love.