Joshua Mason (Josh Hutcherson), a boy of 15 years, has problems. It was abandoned by his mother, drug addiction, so one has to earn his existence, wandering from place to place throughout California.
Once we reach the tiny village Carmel-by-the-Sea in northern California, Joshua, a true artistic genius, do quickly acquainted with a community of forgers of works of art and becomes tempted to enter into this illegal business, thanks to huge amounts of money are at stake.
He falls in love with Amber (Hayden Panettiere) and is taken under the wing patronizing by two mentors with intentions diametrically opposed, named Anne-Marie Sterling and Everly, first wanting to maintain it the boy on the right track and to convince him not -and waste the talent making fakes, while the second encourages him to use his artistic grace in immoral purposes.
Anne-Marie is an artist retired, who befriends Joshua and speaks to him about during the long faded the artists of Carmel-by-the-Sea kept the integrity of their works and not selling their soul to get gains materials.