Kakeru may be a former elite runner who finds himself on adversity . After shoplifting food, he’s saved by Haiji, a Kansei college student and a fellow runner. Having nowhere else to travel , Kakeru moves into a dormitory with Haiji and eight other strangers. Haiji then announces his decide to enter all ten of them within the Hakone Ekiden, a prominent university relay marathon. But apart from Haiji and Kakeru, few of the others have run competitively before.