1929, Harrison Texas. Myra Tolliver makes her living playing the live music for the silent pictures. She makes barely enough to survive, caring for herself and her teenage son, Pete. As boarders in the home of the Jacksons, a railroad man and his loving wife, Myra supplements her rent by giving piano lessons to the Jackson's two daughters. Myra faces a hard life since the talkies have come to Harrison. She knows her means of making a living is at an end, and that her prospects are dim, but she is willing to do almost anything to keep herself and Pete going.