Alissa Schneider is a teenage violin prodigy whose family just uprooted her and dropped her into a new neighborhood.
Anthony Caine is an old man who lives next door with a murderous cat and an overgrown lawn.
Anthony hears Alissa's violin through an open window one night. He becomes her teacher.
He seems to get younger every day...
Alissa's mother does some research on the man next door with the vague accent, the man who gives away grand pianos to strangers and rides a motorcycle with a sidecar. She finds real estate records going back a hundred years...
Down in the railroad bottoms, the murdered body of a homeless woman lies among the weeds and garbage. The cops recognize something on the body, something they haven't seen on a body in three decades: The Mark.