William Barrington-Coupe, known to everyone as ‘Barrie’, is working at a music publishers during the 1950's but has ambitions to become a classical music impresario. While delivering some music to an orchestra rehearsal, he becomes bowled over by a young pianist’s playingfinding his first client, wife and future in one moment. He attempts to turn Joyce into a classical music star. Things start of well but afterfate intervenes they both realise that they both lack what it takes to really make it and decide to move to Hertfordshire and live a normal life. In 2002 fate ends up intervening once again and Barrie is given the chance to revive Joyce’s career, despite Joyce being in her Seventies and suffering from cancer.