When professors Stephanie and Lee decide to rent out the room above their garage to students, they were just doing it for the money. So when Joe, the short, caring, and charismatic lead singer of the post-hardcore band Armour for Life comes to live with them, both professors get more than they bargained for.
Stephanie insists that her sudden desire in their new boarder is not a mid-life crisis and instead focuses all her energy in applying for tenure. Lee takes a sabbatical, writing his new critical theory book late into the night, while also listening to Joe's new music CD during the day. When a tentative friendship between Joe and Lee develops, Lee believes that he wants to help Joe escape their city the way Lee was never able to when he was younger.
When Joe leaves to go on tour, both Stephanie and Lee realize how empty their house becomes without him. In order to get what they want from Joe, both professors must be the ones to take the first steps.