For Patina, or Patty, it’s not the taking part, it’s the winning that counts. Patty has already dealt with a lot in her life – she lost her dad when she was young and her mum is disabled. Now she lives with her uncle and his wife and to make matters worse, she has to go to the poshest school ever.
She seeks respite from her problems in the track team, where she is the star middle-distance runner. She doesn’t agree with the Coach’s decision to create a relay team and independent-minded Patty, who likes to think she can do everything by herself, has to work with her team mates to win.