"CUT!" French director Francois' words echo throughout the studio, the video shoot for the fledgeling band City Lights is going less than well. Francois is ready to quit and is screaming for Donovan, the band's wrangler and star making manager. Walking around set, cell phone in hand, wearing a business suit and designer shades Donovan Silver has a grin on his face even though lately he has no reason to smile. A production assistant on the video comes to Donovan to tell him he's been requested. The production assistant also decides to remind Donovan that he shouldn't be smiling he mentions a recent article that was printed slamming the once prominent manager, Donovan. But being the professional he is, he keeps the smile on saying he's not worried, "Any publicity is good publicity." He comes on set but his fast talking can't convince the pissed director to stay and Donovan is left with nothing. Donovan sits with no director and an arrogant band who thinks they are more famous than they are and his smile begins to fade. Across town, same city on the opposite side of the spectrum. Sitting in the corner of a leaking garage, back against the wall, hood up with pen in hand but not writing any words, Kelly Shepherd, the singer with soul sits staring at the blank paper in his notebook searching for the next line to write. Gabriel James, his bandmate and the youngest member of the group walks around the garage with his camcorder wanting to document the and practice. Kelly's best friend and Gabriel's older brother Jesse James, the dreamer calls them over to practice. Kelly takes his place behind the microphone but can't help but wonder if their shot will ever come or are they destined for the basement forever. Either way music is his love and just the basement would be enough. On the outside of the garage, Henry James has returned home after another hard day at work. He heads to the front door but stops in his tracks when he hears the music coming from his garage. He covers his ears like its noise. His boys are at it again, he's tried and tried to steer them in another direction but its right back to music. Henry begins banging on the door, the boys stop and know exactly who's come knocking. Jesse goes to unlock the garage door as Kelly goes back to the corner to write, knowing that if Henry comes in they won't be practicing again. When it comes to Henry, Gabriel is little scared, Jesse on the other hand is looking for a confrontation.Kelly sits in the corner starting to write as the family argues, then his phone on the table vibrates, he reluctantly answers. Doesn't speak just listens, he has to go back to work. Alone, Kelly guides his skateboard down the dark sidewalk, the only thing that can be heard are the wheels rolling on the concrete. The light lasts a brief moment as he passes each street light. In the distance he can see his destination, a corner of societies rejects. He stops wondering if he wants to continue, it's like he lives a double life, one minute he's making music with his closest friends and the next he was selling drugs with those that mocked him. He needed money but was it worth it. Too late they spotted him; the low lives pick up his scent and wave him over. Kelly slowly walks over. The biggest low life, literally and metaphorically smiles at the sight of Kelly. Jonah King thought it was his purpose in life to give Kelly a hard time. His musical aspirations made him a frequent target. Kelly doesn't react well when Jonah mocks him, his short fuse often gets him into situation. A potential fight is haulted as a Mercedes pulls up, the window eases down, it's Cyrus Hill, the corner boss. He calls off Jonah and calls Kelly into his car. Cyrus treats Kelly as a little brother and is another mocker when it comes to music. Cyrus gives Kelly money for his services, then reaches into his glove box and pulls out a gun; he puts it in Kelly's lap. Cyrus tells him one day he'll take over for him, but Kelly knows his heart isn't in the streets. Kelly gets out and stands back on the corner, as the others all disperse. Smiling Cyrus rolls down his window and shoots at Kelly with his finger. Cyrus drives away as Kelly puts the gun into his backpack and leans against the street sign, alone. Also alone, feeling lost Donovan sits behind his desk, he can feel his legacy slipping away, he goes in his desk for a bottle of vodka and opens a cigar box given to him by his mentor and former boss. He pulls out a lighter but instead of just lighting the cigar, he tears out his article, balls it up and sets the crumbled piece on fire, using the flaming paper to light the cigar. He blows smoke in the air as he watches the paper burn out in his trash can. At the James Home , the James brothers Jesse and Gabriel lay in their bunk beds, both wide awake, Gabriel asks his big brother if he believes they will make it, Jesse says there isn't a doubt in his mind. Across town Kelly walks into the parking lot of a flea bag motel, the place he calls home. Back at the office Donovan now has two cigars burned out in the ash tray, the bottle of vodka is almost gone as he stumbles around, now a little tipsy. The radio in his office is on full blast and he is trying to sing along with it while he tears the rest of the pages out of the magazine. Once he's done, Donovan attempts to turn out the lamp but ends up knocking it over. He just makes his way back to his desk and flops into his chair. Then lays his head on his desk, closes his eyes. Kelly lies in bed eyes closed but not asleep. There is a knock on the door. Kelly stands to answer. A beautiful young woman same age as Kelly stands in the doorway, her attire looks way to expensive to be in that neighborhood, too expensive to drive by that neighborhood. She smiles at the sight of Kelly; he seems somewhat surprised to see her. Her name describes her perfectly, Belle. She comes in, takes a seat completely comfortable in the place like it's another home. Kelly expresses his shock of seeing her again, she says she missed his face. The two share a hug, Kelly is glad she came back, she was one of the few positives in his life. It had been months since they've spoken but the love is still there, even though she has a boyfriend. Kelly thinks it's funny that she stays with this guy, "You can't change a frog into prince charming no matter how many times you kiss him." Belle doesn't know what she wants, except to just lay in the bed with Kelly. The next morning, the motel manager stomps up the steps angrily, heading to Kelly's second floor motel room. He gets to his door and starts knocking, not a gentle "good morning" knock but a "where's my money?" knock. Kelly acts as if he can't hear him, rolls over to find a note instead of Belle, once again she's gone. Donovan wakes to the scent of coffee, he looks up to see his assistant standing over him, he tries to explain the fact that he's in the same clothes as the day before but she's not buying. Kelly is awaken by another knock, not of Belle but Jesse who has come to pay a visit. Jesse finds the note Belle left, he can tell Kelly is bit more chipper now. Kelly tells Jesse about the gun, Jesse offers Kelly money to stop selling drugs, but Kelly refuses. Kelly says he can take care of himself, Jesse is still worried. Donovan doesn't even get a chance to fully wake up before his boss walks in, the daughter of his mentor and little girl he use to babysit for Audrey Channing, hell in heels. She chews him out about the director quitting, his band and a number of other complaints, then mocks him about his article. Donovan finds it hard to listen to a twenty-one year old he once diapered, especially if she has the job that rightfully belongs to him. Audrey leaves and bumps into her nemesis, the world's nemesis really, Spencer Channing, her baby brother. Spencer spends his time, hitting on models and going to clubs. Audrey lectures him about work, but he reminds her of her party girl past," Less than a year ago you were in Cancun with a bartender named Juan Lopez pouring Jose Cuervo down your throat." Audrey gives up and walks away, but the lectures aren't over. Donovan makes his way over to have a talk with Spencer, he doesn't like the fact that Spencer is hitting on girls when he has a girlfriend, Donovan's daughter. Spencer tries to charm his way out of it but just puts his foot in his mouth and Donovan threatens a foot in his ****. Spencer doesn't like Donovan's advice and continues to flirt. Spencer has a problem with fidelity. The night heats up when Kelly goes to a club with Cyrus, the same club that Belle is attending with her boyfried, Spencer. Kelly sneaks in the back with Cyrus as Belle's status let's her skip the line. Back at the James' home Jesse and Henry get into it at the dinner table about his pursuit of music, the argument leaves the dinner table empty in the end. Jesse can't get through to his dad. Back at the club, Kelly is introduced to Audrey, a former client of Cyrus who has returned for a little relief from the pressures of her new CEO title. Audrey seems to take a liking to Kelly but he seems distracted by Belle. Kelly can't help but look at Belle across the club, she feels his stares, looks over and can see the hurt in his eyes. Kelly leaves, Belle excuses herself to find him, Spencer doesn't care he hits the dancefloor with some ladies. Belle finds Kelly by a fountain making a wish, a wish for her. Kelly doesn't get why she won't be with him, to be honest Belle doesn't know either, their lives are just so different. Kelly is called away by Cyrus who was kicked out of the club for a fight and Belle is called back by Spencer, the two walk away from each other. Kelly stands with his crew, not happy, not wanting to be there. Then as they stand there a car comes flying by, firing shots at Cyrus and his flunkies. Kelly hits the ground, Cyrus and his boys get into their cars prepared to give chase, Cyrus calls for Kelly but he stands frozen. Is this his life? Is this where he belongs? Cyrus asks Kelly to make a choice. Donovan sits in his office once again, still down. He stares in the mirror knowing that he can still be the golden boy, he can rise above the pressure, he's done it his whole life. He grabs his keys and goes for a drive. He flies down the road, flinging his bands cds out of his window, prayin to God for help, then he runs out of gas and his cellphone dies. He begins his walk to find fuel. Kelly walks into the Music Note an old jazz club. Kelly use to come to the club with his grandfather, first microphone he held was on that stage, he asks the owner to sing for a bit, the place is empty so he agrees. Through fate perhaps Donovan walks up and sees the music note is the only place with the lights on, he enters. He is looking for gas but finds much more, he hears Kelly's voice and is frozen. He's found his star, the one who can bring him back. Kelly gets a call from Cyrus and leaves, Donovan makes his way to the back to talk to Kelly but he's gone. Donovan asks everyone about that kid, Donovan heads back to his car with renewed spirit. Kelly heads back to his corner losing his faith.