The film tells the true story of Justin Yoder (played by Muniz), a young boy born with spina bifida and hydrocephalus. Justin uses a wheelchair. He lives with his overprotective parents and brother, Seth (Patrick Levis), who is a jock. Due to his disability, he desperately wants to find something he can do that will make him feel special. For guidance, he turns to God, who in the film takes form as a famous race car driver Bobby Wade, during his journey.
After discovering a soapbox racer in his neighbor's shed, Justin hopes to participate in that sport and eventually finds a love and talent for it. To accommodate his disability, his father and their neighbor, Vic, build a customized racer with a hand brake (which they call the "Justin Brake"). Meanwhile, Seth feels that his parents focus too much on Justin rather than giving both equal treatment. However, he has a change of heart when Justin crashes during a race.
The Yoders are confronted with the idea that Justin's involvement with the sport may be hazardous to his health. At the end of the film, he asks God if people are perfect when they go to Heaven. In response He shows him a vision of it where there are people with and without wheelchairs, all together, to which he happily replies "perfect".
As a tribute to Justin, live footage of him is shown before the closing credits.
Frankie Muniz - Justin Yoder
Rick Rossovich - Myron Yoder
Molly Hagan - Sheila Yoder
Patrick Levis - Seth Yoder
Roger Aaron Brown - Vic Sauder
Tuc Watkins - God/Bobby Wade
Brittany Bouck - Cindy
Todd Hurst - Brad
Kara Keough - Teresa
Joel McKinnon Miller - Bill
Holmes Osbourne - Randall
Freda Fon Shen - Dr. Kwan
Christian Copelin - Pipsqueak
Rick Fitts - Soccer Coach
Jim Jansen - Minister
James Lashly - Leather Jacket Man
Tom Nolan - Baseball Coach
Milt Tarver - Elder Statesman
Tom Virtue - Announcer
Ethan Cutuli - Racer/Fan
Directors Guild of America, 2001: DGA Award, Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Children's Programs
Greg Beeman (director), Christopher Morgan (unit production manager) (plaque), Lisa C. Satriano (first assistant director) (plaque), Nick Satriano (second assistant director) (plaque)
Humanitas Prize, 2001 - Children's Live-Action Category, Joel Kauffmann, Donald C. Yost
Young Artist Awards, 2001 - Young Artist Award Best Performance in a TV Movie (Drama), Supporting Young Actor, Patrick Levis
Writers Guild of America, 2001 - WGA Award (TV) Children's Script, Joel Kauffmann, Donald C. Yost
Young Artist Award - Best Family TV Movie/Pilot/Mini-Series - Cable
Young Artist Award - Best Performance in a TV Movie (Drama), Leading Young Actor, Frankie Muniz