Shawn had Harper. She was the perfect match for him. Just everything he wanted. Captain of the girl's ice hockey team, well rounded, giggly, and happy. She was sarcastic, yet she was quiet, and she was Shawn's dream girl. But one hockey game changed that. Harper had taken a hit against the boards, and forced her neck back so far that it broke it. She was on the ice for minutes, waiting on a paramedic. If the ambulance hadn't gotten caught in a traffic jam, then Shawn wouldn't have lost his best friend.
After Shawn lost Harper, he stopped everything. His music, his social life, his interests in anything. He became mute. Shutting everyone and anything out. Without Harper, Shawn wasn't anything. She was the music in his life, and he was the lyrics. It's hard to sing acapella.
Shawn was sent to his uncle's, who lived in New York. He wanted Shawn to move on as much as he could. He went back to school and met some kids. Cameron and Nash. They knew Alyssa, too well.