Walter and Henry
Walter and his precocious 12-year-old son Henry are street musicians who live in a dilapidated trailer home in Brooklyn while working the streets of Manhattan. Smart, charming and musically gifted, Henry is having a ball leading the busker's life. When Walter suffers a nervous breakdown during one of his performances, the police whisk him away to an asylum, and Henry is sent to an orphanage. Twenty-four hours later, Henry escapes the orphanage. Being a minor, their is little Henry can do, so he seeks out Walter's estranged family in Morristown, New Jersey. Ultimately, he locates the house where his father was raised and meets the family he has never known -- his cold and embittered grandfather Charlie and Elizabeth, his divorced aunt, who remains the calm and grounded center of this tempetuous family. Fifteen years have passed since they had any contact with Walter, who dropped out of touch with his family after the death of his wife.
While Walter languishes in the sanitarium, Elizabeth and Charlie take Henry in. Henry now has to lead the life of a "normal" 12-year-old -- which means a real home, attending school and the company of other kids as well as living with his crotchety old grandfather. It's not something he's used to at all and he doesn't take to it easily, but his love for music and a bond with his school's music teacher, Pete, help him get through. In time, music helps bring the family together. Charlie softens and grows closer to Henry; Henry plays piano for his father at the hospital and three generations are united. When the sanitarium doctors feel that Walter is ready to begin living as an outpatient, Walter goes home to an uneasy life in Morristown with Charlie, Elizabeth and Henry. Little by little, a family that has been splintered begins to reassemble itself and attempts to heal the wounds that have been festering for years.