Sean Connery stars as a reclusive writer in this drama directed by Gus van Sant. Talented basketball player Jamal Wallace (Rob Brown) has dreams of becoming a successful writer and finds unlikely help in the form of William Forrester (Connery), a reclusive novelist who lives in his neighbourhood. The pair meet when the 16-year-old breaks into Forrester's flat, but a warm student-teacher bond soon develops between them, with Forrester helping Jamal improve his writing and Jamal aiding Forrester in overcoming his reclusiveness. However, when Jamal rewrites a piece of his new friend's work for a school assignment, his vindictive professor Robert Crawford (F. Murray Abraham) accuses him of plagiarism, a charge which could seriously affect his school career. The cast also includes Anna Paquin, Busta Rhymes and Michael Pitt.