Ari is an ordinary boy with an extraordinary gift for and love of music. But since moving with his mother from Germany to Australia he feels adrift — cut off from his familiar world, the people he loves most, even his music. For Ari, playing the violin was always the key to his memories of people and places and his connection to the world around him. But even the music cannot help him now. How is he to find his footing in this new country, accept his new stepfather, and most difficult of all, leave behind his beloved grandfather? Ari faces disappointment, confusion, even the death of someone he loves before he realizes that music does have the power to heal him and might even be the key to his future. This first-person account of a year in a musically gifted boy's life unfolds through a patchwork of flashbacks, e-mails, and narrative. Through changes and losses, the boy learns to honor the present, as well as memories of the past, through his music.