Gordon, an introverted high school student, asks Edmund, a beautiful blonde cheerleader, for a date. They go to a performance of "Romeo and Juliet," but Edmund fakes sickness and Gordon brings her back home only to discover that she has a date with tough, but dumb, footballer Voight.
Rejected, Gordon turns to his eager friend Corbett, and the two of them go out. Voight, however, decides to muscle the frail Gordon and injures him during football practice. Appalled at Voight's tough-guy tactics, Edmund goes back to Gordon. After the bully burns Gordon's varsity jacket, Gordon
takes revenge and threatens Voight with a toy gun, humiliating him in front of his teammates...