At an elite private boys’ school, students make and lose friends, create a pecking order, and begin their individual paths to manhood. The adolescent culture of boys lies beneath the surface, an emotional world often unspoken to each other or to the adults around them. The boys and the adults sometimes seem to exist on separate planes.
The film centers on the friendship of two boys – Noah and Colin – best friends since grade school. Noah is a sincere, polite boy, the star of the choir; Colin is a charming troublemaker who makes the choirmaster’s life difficult. Colin and Noah hang out at each other’s houses as a matter of course, but as adolescence kicks in their differences become magnified and they drift apart.