Ann Arbor, MI. 1990. Louie is drowning his sorrows in crappy retail jobs while trying to avoid the inevitable transition into pending adulthood. Through a mix of luck, rebellion, and boredom, he makes new friends who form a ska band, SKAborough Fair, to pass the time. Louie, Denis, Ruby, Harry, and Rudie have an undeniable chemistry on stage and generate a genuine hit song that charts but earns them the label of "one-hit wonder." As they try to shake that label, tour the world, and find themselves, they stumble through the pains of navigating young adulthood and adjusting to the stress of creating new music. Eventually, tensions between some band members threaten to break the band apart as the other members try to keep the peace and produce new music, hoping to find unity in the one thing that brought them together.
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