Why bother being conscious and miserable when unconscious and complacent is an available option?
Peter Bremmer, tired of trying to carry on conversations where he doesn't stammer, decides he'd be better off never speaking to anybody ever again. It's as Peter steps off the hamster wheel of his life that he meets Bill, the man who does the puppet show in the local outdoor market, a man who, like Peter, does not speak. At the same time, quite by accident, Peter strikes up an online relationship with a wonderful woman, Petunia, who he'd like to know better. He'll lose her if he doesn't communicate with her, but to speak to her after remaining quiet all this time means he'll also have to explain why he's been lying to her with his silence. It's then up to Peter to try to learn from Bill that to truly speak from the heart, he doesn't have to say a word.