When a surfer gets rescued by a stranger in the California waves, it could be the perfect start to a relationship for these sophomore boys. Each one desperately needs something from the other. For the happily rescued Alan, that is love. For the stranger it's way more complicated, and Alan will have to puzzle his way in a very sweet relationship that he doesn't understand.
A downcast farm boy finds himself powerfully drawn to the kid he rescued in the pond last fall - the problem is, he hasn't seen the boy since. With the coming of the Fourth of July, the bone-dry pond makes it look like he never will. Neil has to somehow find him on this desolate American landscape, and then he will love him or kill him - whichever comes first.