The piano is Beck's obsession, and his curse. When he's paired with August for a school assignment, he finds it impossible to keep up the walls he's erected around himself and his home life.
Beck's mother, termed the Maestro, is physically and emotionally abusive, forcing him to play Chopin for hours and putting his playing above school, friendships, and even his health. Through his friendship with August, Beck discovers that there is more to life, but how can he convince the Maestro of this?
Drews handles a difficult subject well in this heartbreaking, but ultimately satisfying, debut.
Content warning: physical and emotional abuse, self harm ideation.