Simone Westwood: A fifteen year old girl whose father is a civil rights activist during the 1960s, Simone doesn’t want to be a part of the push for integration, content to stay at her all black high school. But her politically ambitious father sees differently. When she forms an unlikely alliance with two Rockabilly brothers, their town and the nation witness the changing racial tide sweeping the nation, with the help of Soul music.
Eli Burr: One half of a Rockabilly duo called The Burr Brothers, Eli is a senior and a master showman. Though he enjoys country music, his ambition leads him to form a duo with a new student in his formerly segregated high school. Reinventing himself into a blue eyed soul singer, Eli finally realizes his dream of stardom, at the cost of hiding his true sexual orientation.
Johnny Burr: The younger brother of Eli Burr, and a guitar prodigy. His heart lies with country music, but when his older brother needs an R&B song Johnny’s song writing talent saves the day. Falls hard for Simone Westwood even though race mixing is frowned upon in their still segregated town.