Two-year-old Kelsey Jurgen, surrendered by apoverty-stricken single mother to a Russian orphanage, isadopted by a childless American couple. Shortly afterarriving in America Kelsey is viciously assaulted by heradoptive father with uncontrolled rage that severs thechild's spine, leaving her a paraplegic. When CarolineMihalec hears the news report she convinces husband Paulthat they should become Kelsey's foster parents, and lateradopt her. But Kelsey must first learn to trust adults,especially Caroline's husband Paul. Over time she begins toheal, and learns to cope with her permanent disability. Herformer father Brad Jurgen is sentenced to two consecutivejail terms. A few years later at age eight, during aprosthetic fitting, Kelsey meets teenager Melissa Preston,currently on probation and struggling to adjust to a smallprivate school where her mother has transferred herfollowing public school suspension. Melissa and Kelsey beginan oddly-matched friendship that inspires both girls topursue their dreams, Kelsey as ballerina and Melissa asbasketball star with a shot at a championship and collegescholarship. Facing off against boys' captain Chris Sterlingand struggling to adapt to life without her dad, Melissamust first conquer her inner demons before overcoming theobstacles that lay before her, aided by Kelsey's belief inthe power of dreams to come true.