A socially awkward genius, Steven Turano, divulges to a pro-suicide support group that he’s planning on killing himself. He’s constantly picked on by former childhood friend and school bully, Nick Perkins, and his widowed father, for whom he harbors a deep resentment for over his mother’s passing. However, when Clarence, the new quirky kid in school, befriends him, Steven’s plans are sidetracked and he reaches beyond his comfort zone forming stronger relationships with his father, friends, and teachers.
The boys form an inseparable bond as Clarence finds creative ways to pull Steven out of his depression. With his newfound sense of purpose and confidence, Steven learns that he’s capable of standing up to his father.
With a shared love of the arts, Steven and Clarence organize an original school play, and crusade beyond self-imposed limits.
While Steven’s confidence and popularity grows as a result of Clarence’s friendship, Nick’s relationship with his alcoholic father, Mr. Perkins, becomes more dysfunctional. Nick grows increasingly jealous of Steven and Clarence’s rise to power and is pushed to a breaking point at school, confronting Steven and Clarence.