The film takes place in a small Texas town. At the center of the story is a troubled teenager named Stat. The boy is eleven years old and becomes an orphan after the death of his alcoholic mother, who raised him alone. The boy received no care or affection from his parent, and so grew angry, restless, and utterly fearless. Left without the care of his mother, and not knowing anything about his father, the kid goes to a choir school for boys. Finding himself in an unusual environment and, despite the fact that he was given all the conditions for study and music, the hero because of his bad character can not find new friends. All the boys are constantly giggling at the young man, and he under the influence of a hostile environment begins to conflict with Mr. Carwell, the head of the choir, who saw in the boy's unique vocal abilities and trying to help him find himself in the music and open up.