Imani Holland has talent and hopes but no direction. Her father, who owns a struggling nightclub, sees Imani's future as a chance to fulfill his own failed dreams. Her boyfriend, Taz, is determined to become a mega-producer, with Imani's street rapping as his ticket to fame. But Professor Orenthal Hopson, who teaches in the music department of a historically black college, has his own designs on her; He struck a bet with a colleague requiring him to transform Imani from a hip- hop hopeful into a traditional jazz singer. Like a modern-day Eliza Doolittle, Imani finds herself caught up in a musical makeover that causes her to question who she really wants to become. As Professor Hopson begins to sweep her off her feet, she also has to decide whether to stand by Taz, the man she's cared about since childhood, or let herself fall for the dashing intellectual. Will fate be cruel or will it put her on a path to true love and the stardom she dreams of?