Everyone in the Yang family is a talented musician except for nine-year-old Yingtao, the youngest Yang. Even after years of violen lessons from his father, Yingtao can't make beautiful music. Now that his family has moved from China to Seattle, Yingtao wants to learn English and make new friends at school. Still, he must make time to practice his violin for an important family recital to help his father get more students. Yingtao is afraid his screeching violin will ruin the recital. But he's even more afraid to tell his family that he found something that he likes better than music. Together he and his new friend Matthew think of a sure way to save the recital. They are certain that nothing will go wrong.