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Toru Ieda is asked for a loan by an army friend who is burdened with debt, and after Ieda refuses, the friend commits suicide. Suffering from guilt, Ieda takes a teaching position on a remote island, where he can care for his friend's son, Kenichi. Ieda's students are the offspring of the coarse, brawling fisherman of the island, and the children care little for their studies or even sports, reflecting the contempt their ignorant parents hold for education. Ieda introduces volleyball to the children and, after an initial reluctance, the students show a great interest in and talent for the sport. Over the objections of the parents, Ieda enters the school in the island tournament. Despite their ragtag appearance and the fact that the team is comprised of both boys and girls, the Odeshima children win not only the inter-island tournament but the national tournament as well. Ieda, who had promised his fiancée he would marry her and move from the island after the team won its first game, does marry her but decides to stay on Odeshima, whose residents have gained a new sense of pride in themselves.
Released in Japan in 1967 as Natsukashiki fue ya taiko.