In 1948, the Korean Basketball team played as a unified nation for the first and last time. Set during the Japanese occupation, this period drama traces the liberation of Korea, as well as the ensuing division between the North and the South. Serving as the backbone of this story is Kang San (Do Ji Han), a young man from a poor village who dreams of joining the national basketball team. On the long road to the 1948 London Olympics, Kang San finds himself trying to achieve another insurmountable goal when he falls in love with the posh magazine reporter Choi Shin Young (Lee Elijah).
격랑의 1940년(1939~1948년) 한반도를 배경으로 어두운 일제치하를 '농구'란 희망을 등불 삼아 건너온 것처럼, 다가올 '분단'이라는 비극을 '농구'를 통해 극복하고자 하는 강산과 친구들의 이야기.