The night their beloved dog dies, BOOTS FRANKLIN urges his inconsolable son OSCAR to swallow his grief and show a hard-edged toughness while burying Stonewall in the back yard. Boots is particularly put off when OSCAR'S MOM calls to comfort her estranged son. The next day, July 4th, Boots arrives home with the usual box of fireworks, sodas and beer to celebrate, only to find that Oscar remains confused and grief-stricken. Offering one last remedy, Boots suggests a trip to the local bar to eat some burgers and try to forget the grief. Things don't go as expected when pretty twenty-something DAWN asks Oscar to dance...