A small-town Kansas football team has lost fifty-two straight games when a reluctant new coach takes over and leads them to their first winning season in twenty-seven years. Along the way, the coach, the players, and the town come together to save their school from closing. Karo is a look at small-town America, the role of sports in our society, and an uplifting tribute to the human spirit. Karo is much more than just a sports story. The coach, a widower, discovers a love he thought would never come again. A grizzled Vietnam vet finds a sense of belonging when he helps coach the team, and individual team members learn to deal with their own private demons as they go through the season. Just before the final game, when the closing of the school seems imminent, disaster strikes and the coaches and players face their darkest hours.