Follows the life of musician John Kadly who struggled to fulfill his calling as a jazz drummer while living in the shadow of his famous jazz musician father. Though John's musical talents are apparent at an early age, so are his character faults. His good nature is spoiled by a self-destructive temperament. Despite his lasting connection with his father, the friction with his mother forces him to leave home. Paying his bills with construction jobs, John keeps honing his drumming skills, eventually impressing both his new girlfriend Sara and the manager of a local jazz club. But just when things start to look up, several detours interrupt John's journey to success. When he learns that Sara is pregnant, he walks out on her. Then, he gets a call from his mother that his fatehr has terminal lung cancer and may not be able to fulfill a committment to record his last jazz album. John must make a decision to support his father and think of his own professional career.