Young boxer Bryant Donatello (Billy Warlock) seems to be on the up and up, fighting his way through to a chance at the Golden Gloves championship. On the home front, however, all is far from rosy. His father, Augie (Anthony John Dennison) is a mafia thug who wants Bryant to become a merciless fighter. Bryant's mother (Cathy Moriarty) suffers her husband's abuse and adultery, reduced to an emotional cripple. However, when Bryant makes a shocking discovery about Augie's secret life, it gives him the impetus to win in the ring.