Karchy Jonas (Brad Renfro – Bully) was born in Hungary and immigrated to Cleveland in the early 1960s, where he felt adrift in a strange sea of American culture. Jonas tries to fit in at his Catholic high school but finds himself a laughingstock. At home, his stern father insists that he adhere to traditional Hungarian ways. Karchy’s only respite is the rock ’n’ roll he adores, and he vows to win the High School Hall of Fame contest so he can impress his classmate Diney (Calista Flockhart). Eventually he does win, and in the process befriends Billy (Kevin Bacon), the DJ who hosted the contest, who introduces Karchy to life’s wild side. But despite the fun, there is much the naive youth is destined to learn the hard way about his new buddy Billy.