Based on the true story of Coach Kim Sin-Hwan and his East Timor youth soccer team, A Barefoot Dream is the story of retired pro soccer player Kim Won-kang, who after multiple failed investments in Korea visits East Timor. There he finds children playing the game barefoot on rocky pitches. Sensing a new business opportunity on finding the country doesn't have a single sporting goods store, he embarks on a scheme to get rich quick by purveying athletic shoes to the poor yet lively youngsters. Sadly, no one there can afford to pay $60 for a pair of shoes, even on a generous installment plan. As he is closing shop, he decides to teach the local kids how to play ball. Though penniless and even without shoes, they aim to compete at the International Youth Soccer Championship in Japan. Based on the true story of Coach Kim Sin-Hwan and his East Timor youth soccer team.