A small boy is left sitting on a park bench in St. Augustine, Florida, by his father. Before the father walks off, he pins a note to the boy's shirt and tells him he will be back soon. He never returns. A homeless street artist takes the boy in and teaches him the tools necessary to live on the street - how to stay dry on rainy nights and warm on cold ones and how to find or earn enough money to get by. Gradually the boy learns to paint and eventually becomes better than his teacher.