In 1978, Spencer (Spence) Edwards hasn't been on a date in over a year and is ultra-picky about who hell ask out because he promised his mother he would honor God. But, in the annual wager with his best friend, the friend bets that if Spence asks Patti, the wealthiest and most beautiful girl in the senior class, she would refuse him three times. When a teacher partnered Patti with Spence in a class project, Spence ventures to ask her on a date. She says 'no' (Strike One).
But when forbidden circumstances again place them together, his stellar reputation takes a nosedive. Angry parents, horse rides, friends chanting rumors, semi-trucks, and snow storms generate friction that inserts a wedge between him and Patti. Romance must take a back seat while he sorts through a myriad of roadblocks to win the wager. God seems to have withdrawn, and after he's falsely accused of the unthinkable, he considers giving up … almost.