It's 1992, and seventeen-year-old Ben Carpenter has everything all figured out. He's gay, with a supportive family; he makes decent grades; and in Ted, Hope, and Doris, he's got three great friends he can always depend on. If he only had a boyfriend, life would be perfect, and he's working on that.
But things are getting complicated. First, Doris drags him into an ill-fated matchmaking scheme that could destroy their friendship with Ted and Hope. Then, Grandpa Marty moves in, throwing the whole Carpenter household into a total uproar. If that's not enough, the only way for Ben to get in his community service hours is to volunteer at the senior center, even though old people give him the creeps. And then there's that little matter of his feelings for Ted's brother Adrian that confuse him and threaten to expose a secret Ted must never know.
Ben's journey is littered with misunderstandings, tender moments, and unexpected ghosts from the past that reveal a two-decades-old mystery. As events unfold, Ben is forced to reevaluate what friendship, family, and love are really all about, and he discovers that, sometimes, there's more to life than a happy ending.
Seasons of Chadham High explores the evolving experience of gay teenagers in different eras—from the psychedelic sixties, through the me generation seventies and eighties, to the nihilistic nineties and beyond.