Ren McCormack se iz velikega Chicaga z družino preseli v majhno podeželsko mesto, kjer sta ples in glasba prepovedana. Toda Ren si življenja brez rock’n’rolla in plesa ne predstavlja. Zato ga v mestu sprejmejo kot posebneža in kot grožnjo že ustaljenemu, proti glasbi naperjenemu sistemu častitljivega Shawa Moorea. Toda ravno Mooreova hčerka Ariel do Rena začuti veliko privlačnost in mu pri njegovi svobodomiselnosti stoji ob strani. Ren se nazadnje upre mestnim pravilom in namerava prirediti zabavo z glasbo in s plesom.
Classic tale of teenage rebellion and repression features a delightful combination of dance choreography and realistic and touching performances. When teenager Ren McCormack and his family move from big-city Chicago to a small Midwestern town, he's in for a real case of culture shock. Though he tries hard to fit in, the streetwise Ren can't quite believe he's living in a place where rock music and dancing are illegal. However, there is one small pleasure: Ariel Moore, a troubled but lovely blonde with a jealous boyfriend. And a Bible-thumping minister, who is responsible for keeping the town dance-free. Ren and his classmates want to do away with this ordinance, especially since the senior prom is around the corner, but only Ren has the courage to initiate a battle to abolish the outmoded ban and revitalize the spirit of the repressed townspeople. Fast-paced drama is filled with such now-famous hit songs as the title track and "Let's Hear It for the Boy".