It’s the 1890’s and Maurice Guest, an aspiring pianist, has moved from provincial England to the city of Leipzig in Germany.
Here he hopes to follow all the heroes of music on their path to greatness by studying at the Leipzig Conservatorium. He has big dreams and, if he studies hard enough, they may be realised. He becomes obsessed with an Australian girl that he glimpses for a second. Yet that brief moment is enough, and suddenly his studies are in danger of falling by the wayside.