After a reckless drinking bout at a country/western dance, which Joel has gone to with his best friend, Tom, they are caught kissing. Their friends are shocked, but nothing like they are. This opening scene sends Joel and Tom on a path of self-discovery neither of them are prepared to take.
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Joel's rural life of high school and farming in Common, New Mexico, is changed forever when Tom comes to town. The son of a preacher, Tom reaches out to Joel in friendship, and their bond to each other becomes as tight as brothers. After their kiss at the country western dance, Joel's openness to his own feelings and acceptance of himself allows him to explore these new and confusing feelings he has for Tom. But Tom's torment of sin and self-incrmination are from from over. This is a story of live and finding the courage to come out and come to grips with the truth in the face of hatred and adversity.