Daniel Mergler is a piano teacher whose years of experience and sure ear tell him that nine year-old Xin Ben is a very promising talent. An accomplished teacher who is at the end of his career, Mr. Mergler finds something in Xin Ben that gives meaning and hope to his remaining days. There is a light in his eyes whenever she plays. And, in turn, he provides a steady and supportive hand, nurturing her towards a career in music. Oscar-winning filmmaker Beverly Shaffer has created a simple and moving film that touchingly documents a dying manís gift to his young apprentice.