The music, life, composing and playing styles of Scott Joplin, illustrated with performance and graphics. With Eubie Blake, composer-pianist; Joshua Rifkin, composer-pianist; Harold Cromer, dancer. Many performance selections including "Maple Leaf Rag", "The Entertainer" and "Pineapple Rag". Photos of the start of the century, the period in which Joplin lived, St. Louis during the 1904 Worlds Fair, Joplin's musical peers, Ragtime bands, and composers. Rifkin demonstrates how ragtime should and should not be played.