Sam Rodgers was perfectly happy alone, banging on his drum set, playing his guitar, and wallowing in motor oil up to his elbows. Tight-lipped, stoic, and more likely to have a conversation with his Chucky Tees than a human being, Sam might as well tattoo the word "Loner" on his forehead and be done with it. So why did he feel the need to suddenly rearrange his life for the temperamental, gorgeous redhead next door?
Kaylee Kelly, the girl next door, was only missing the title "Cheerleader" from her popular girl resume. She lived the teenage dream of perfect grades, perfect clothes, perfect hair, perfect family...and she was choking on it. She needed out. When the two connect it kindles something deeper for each of them, a recognition that in the other they just might have found someone to accept them as they are.
Kaylee fell hard in love with Sam from the moment she saw him playing guitar in his basement. Or perhaps it's the idea of him as a rock star and her as his star bandmate that she loves. Kaylee dreamed of the adulation, fame and love she could receive at his side on stage. Not to mention the escape from the cold suffocation she endures at home. No, please don't mention it, it might trigger an episode. She's going to have to look hard inside herself to figure out her true feelings and intentions. To do that she will need to tear down the walls she surrounds herself with. If she can do that she may find that Sam will always give her love whenever she asks, but, she has to ask. And that's the hardest thing for Kaylee, because she's always been shut down for asking. That's not Sam's fault, but it will be a long time before Kaylee comes to that particular epiphany, and longer still before she stops blaming him for it.
Along the way to that realization Kaylee and Sam form a band that they name Firefly. Kaylee uses the band as a way to garner the attention from Sam that she desperately craves. But by doing so, she forces him out of a private and obscure life, leading to consequences that they must face together. The ultimate question is whether their journey will tear them apart or bring them together.