It isn’t easy to be a gay man in a small southern college, especially during 1986, the Reagan years. Nobody knows this better than David Meador, small town Southern boy whose desire for men is a secret shared only with his closest friend and roommate, Laddie Crawford.
When David is asked to become a tutor for college football player Derek Windsor, his life is turned upside down. David has been fawning over Derek ever since he first saw him on campus, which makes his job as tutor for the handsome jock with a possessive girlfriend that much more difficult. And to make matters worse, David suspects that Derek might have some hidden desires of his own.
David is about to learn that in college, students learn more than what is in their textbooks and that heartache and lust are tempered by Degrees of Passion.