Fifty-two-year-old Maurice “Teardrop” Williams is a world famous blues man—singer, guitarist, and songwriter. But since Maureen, his wife of thirty years, died seven months ago, Teardrop has lost the joy he once found in performing music on the road with his band, the Tearmakers. With his light-blue guitar called Lillian, he returns home to Walker City, Iowa.
Finding it difficult and lonely to stay in the home he once shared with Maureen, he moves in with his daughter, Arlene, and his seven-year-old grandson, Jamal. Teardrop is devoted to Maureen’s memory and counts on Arlene’s and Jamal’s companionship and support. It isn’t until three years later, when twenty-five-year-old freelance journalist Ursula Jenkins arrives from New York City to interview Teardrop for an assignment, that his world begins to change.
Ursula comes away from the interview discovering things about herself she had not bargained for, including an attraction to this once-famous musician. As the relationship deepens, Arlene feels she must continue to protect her mother’s place in her father’s heart and tries to do what she can to put an end to Teardrop’s and Ursula’s partnership. The couple faces issues of age, family and loss, and only time will tell whether love really can conquer all things.