There’s something about the quiet village of Hyacinth that’s alluring to well-seasoned travelers and naïve tourists alike – although it’s a place that not many know of and small on the map, the village and its two hundred or so town people have risen to infamous acclaim through word of mouth from visitors and those who happen to pass by; the natives are quirky folk who go about their every day in a normal manner and are all quite pleasant people – save for the fact that, strangely enough, each and every resident of the village will sing when they speak as if in a modern day and real life musical.
The residents of the village of Hyacinth rather enjoy the melodious greetings and communicating with each other through lilting sing song tones as they have enjoyed this way of speaking throughout their entire lives through song, but there is one man named Colonel McGuire who has always found the whole thing peculiar and distasteful – to the point where he is doing everything in his power to have a successful campaign to run for mayor and implement a law that will make it so everyone must speak as those are others do in other places and only sing when it’s time to sing a song.
Although no one wants their singing that has been passed down for ages and ages as a universal Hyacinth tradition, Colonel has done an excellent job with his campaign to persuade people to vote for him for change to make singing more special and fun for each and every person again; Teddy (or Theodore to his family) is a young teenager who has been keeping a close eye on the political climate of the village as part of a school project, and he discovered Colonel McGuire’s not so innocent attempts to bring an end to the singing throughout conversation – his ruse being that it’ll be more “special” and “fun” due to it being so rare for people to sing once this law is implemented.
Election night is approaching fast for the quietly singing village of Hyacinth, and Teddy knows that he must do something to lets the village people know what the devious Colonel is plotting if he wins and is elected mayor; so, he enlists two of his friends and classmates known as Frankie and Wendy to help spread the word and announce his own campaign to become mayor, as Hyacinth has no specific limitations or requirements for who can run for and be elected mayor – thankfully, people seem to be proud that such youths as them are interested in the political world and are listening to them and what they have to say.
Election night arrives and both Colonel McGuire and Teddy give their final speeches on why the people of the village should choose to elect them over the other and their last stances on singing as their primary form of communication; Colonel finessing his words to not exactly lie about his position, but instead to say that singing will be better in lesser quantities since absence makes the heart grow fonder; Teddy, on the other hand, firmly argues that this is a village tradition that has existed for centuries since its inception and should therefore stay that way; each person votes in the village and it’s a nerve-wracking hour for Teddy and his friends as the votes are tallied; finally, the winner is announced – Colonel McGuire is now mayor of Hyacinth and singing as the village’s regular means of communication is no more.