Chuck Guy has suddenly lost his sight after 60 years of perfect vision, and a looming retinal surgery is his only hope of recovering it. Having recently buried his mother and now living alone on a violent, drug-infested block in Nashville, Tennessee, he forges an unlikely friendship with his next-door neighbor Eddie Cox, a blue-collar retiree and neighborhood busybody who couldn’t be more different. In this cinéma-vérité exploration of blindness, fortitude, and friendship, Chuck reflects on wide-ranging subjects such as queer history, literature, and his own life, while struggling to face a very delicate surgery and its aftermath.
What is daily life like for a newly blind person? What happens when two very different people who need each other are placed close together? Chuck, a native Nashvillian and irresistibly Southern, is an erudite and eloquent gay man as conversant with Bruce Springstein and Eminem as he is with Marcel Proust and Roman Catholic theology. He spent most of his career working as a bookseller and dramaturg until his ailing mother required around-the-clock attention. Having recently buried his mother, and now suddenly blind, he forges an unlikely friendship with his next-door neighbor Eddie Cox, also Southern, but rural born-and-bred.
Scenes of Chuck’s new daily struggles, and visits with Eddie, are interspersed with his meditations on poetry, religion, queer history, and his gay awakening in the 1970s. Chuck braces for the very delicate retinal surgery, his only hope that he will be able to return to his normal life of sightedness.