Lance Hawkins, a small-town man with small town experience, is a country music singer, guitar player, and songwriter as handsome as he is talented. In his early 20's, Lance works as a landscaper during the day and a performer in the evenings and is leading a comfortable life in his small-town midwestern home.
However, local fans and fellow musicians keep encouraging him to pursue a professional career in music. Having never ventured too far from his provincial base, Lance is conflicted as to whether to continue to lea a safe life or venture into an attempt at country music fame. Lance finally succumbs to the temptation to make his mark in country music, where the promises and pitfalls await him.
Through luck and circumstance, Lance becomes an overnight star without paying his dues in the wild, crazy world called Nashville and country music. Too young and naive to cope with the pressures that accompany fame, Lance falls into a dark world filled with drugs, alcohol, and an illicit, dangerous affair, which temporarily threatens to destroy his career.
As Lance drifts back and forth between comebacks and freefalls, the question is, will he find true happiness or is he doomed to shine only on stage?