Brandon joins his high school friends Jon, Nathan, Dorian, Marc, and sophomore Brendan at Indiana University in Bloomington. Jon and he play on the soccer team and befriend a gay teammate. Brandon also has a potluck classical music-playing, opera-loving roommate whom he assumes is gay, and for the first time, is attracted to a man, someone from the GYC's Indiana University world. Later, he befriends Brendan's female friends Janet.
We learn in this novella that neither Jon nor Brandon have had sexual encounters with other males, despite illusions in earlier books. Their relationship is explored in more detail, and for the first time, we hear Brandon's narrative voice.