The story of Bobby Choy, a Korean American residing in New York City, who feels like a stranger in the country he was born in. After his father’s death, he starts writing sad songs, though he doesn’t perform very often. Mostly, he just practices in his bathtub, singing softly because of the thin walls of the apartment he shares with his mom.
Bobby’s friend Billy, the lead singer of the band PaperKings, offers him a job as a roadie for the band’s upcoming tour, which includes a stop in Seoul, South Korea. Bobby is hesitant at first, as he would be away from his mom and the only society he truly knows.
However, after mulling over the pros and cons of his telemarketing job, he decides to take the opportunity and learn about where his parents grew up. There he meets Ina, a young woman who performs for fun and is currently attending grad school.