On his first day at state university, freshman Johnny Darling rues his decision to enroll. He's 150 miles from his family and friends and terribly homesick. But when he's assigned Ben Stonecipher as a roommate, Johnny's life brightens. Ben's a handsome guy from a wealthy family, but he's emotionally troubled, and for good reason. He's responsible for his twin brother's recent death.
A liquor-fueled night in the dorm room leads to personal confessions and intimacy. In the days that follow, an intense affair blossoms between Johnny and Ben, one that must weather the threat of a love triangle neither boy is prepared to deal with.