When a concert pianist's hands are mutilated by a scorned lover, he cuts himself off from the real world to compose music on his computer and be left alone, but the heavy speaker vibrations attract some curiosity from a deaf girl living next door.
Synopsis:Howard is an aging adolescent with a domineering mother who has guided his career from childhood and a manager/ girlfriend who is just as over bearing. But his lack of personal responsibility catches up to him when he's reunited with the wrong girl, child prodigy and daughter of a Chinese gangster. Now a woman scorned, she sends two men to mutilate Howard's hands, ending his life as a Chicago concerto pianist. Morose and lost, Howard feels like he's woken from a dream that his mother had for him, but not that he wanted for himself. Howard packs everything up and sneaks away to start a new life in near by Detroit. There he composes bad techno music and drinks his savings away. But it's not long before he attracts the attention of the eccentric and curios Bonnie, the deaf girl living next door, who can feel the vibrations of his music through her walls. A small, innocent romance follows as Howard agrees to try and teach Bonnie to compose notes into scores, while she teaches him how to feel the music all around them. But the difficulty on sign language is too much for a man with broken hands, and communication suffers when Howard finds out Bonnie is still legally married. As Howard completes his first album, he must face his past if he wants to gain future career success. This furthers the gap between the two lovers as Howard’s manager/girlfriend comes back into his life offering him a studio recording deal in Chicago. In the end Howard must decide exactly who he wants to be when he grows up: a successful pop-musician, exploiting his handicap and his ex-girlfriend, or a small independent artist who chases his heart and a girl who truly speaks to him in the silence of understanding. With a little help from Howard’s friend Tim, his kooky landlord, and Bonnie’s interesting family, they will find a way to connect in this Indy music driven dramedy about coming of age and the innocents of true love, when you’re long past your prime.