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Thomas Derrik is about to have the worst Christmas of his life. Three days before the holiday, he finds out the father he doesn't get along with is arriving on Christmas Eve, his ex-lover and new brother-in-law will be staying at his estate until the New Year, and his beloved brother, Edmund, has died. Luckily, Edmund's last holiday scheme may well save Thomas's Christmas: Henry Appleby, a young lord fresh from the Continent, has arranged to court...
For gay teens in the South, Erwin High School is as good as it gets. The prevailing liberalism means being gay doesn't have to be the focus of your life - which frees up seventeen-year-old Jason Strummer to take on the role of bully. Jason understands his beauty and power and has a reputation to match his attitude. No one but his best friend suspects the cruelty Jason hides behind is a ruse to keep his hellish private life out of the public eye.
Out jock Tommy Johnson and former bully Jason Strummer have settled into a surprisingly comfortable routine. They're even planning a special camping trip for just the two of them for their one-month anniversary. Tommy doesn't think things can get any better - until Jason's past catches up to them.