Manfred Falk is an experienced race car driver and member of a racing collective in Eisenach. While competing in West Germany, the beautiful Manuela convinces him to leave his girlfriend Inge and his friends at the collective behind in order to join the South American Alvarez racing company.
For business reasons, Manfred's employer doesn't give him credit for his victories and he returns to Europe in frustration and disappointment. He receives another lucrative offer from the West German Phoenix racing company, but this time, Manfred knows where his loyalties truly lie.
Based on the novel Battle for Meters and Seconds by Manfred Brauchitsch.