It's an ugly word, and one which Carl wasn't prepared to hear. His parents had been married for 30 years and it seemed like a mistake to throw it all away, even if they had been arguing a lot over the past few years. Only 22, Carl is trying to start a life of his own but now finds himself torn between his parents, trying not to choose sides as he tries to save their marriage, but he's the only one. In addition to their problems he has problems in his own relationship too, as his boyfriend Graham is emotionally distant.
Is Carl able to save both relationships? Will he have to choose to focus on his parents' marriage or his own love? With his outlook on relationships shaken, the whole world changes, but is he ready to let go of the childhood that is being torn away from him?
What do you do when you are brought into the world with a silver spoon in your mouth just to the have it taken away and replaced by a plastic one that comes with your take-out? Pick yourself up, dust off your jean, and keep being you.
Avery Johnson has to find that out. It isn’t always easy to make a name for yourself when you’re teaching children how to dance out of a little run-down studio in the big city. Sometimes you have to go that extra mile, have to take that extra chance. If you don’t go get it, who will?
When Avery finds himself in the dilemma of chasing his heart and chasing his dream he will have to decide his next step. But it’s not just his heart on the lines. He has to think about his students and his school. No matter what, he will take life one plié at a time.
Michael loved his years at Berkeley. San Fran was so vibrant, so alive. He had friends on every corner. There were so many hot gay bars and clubs. But after graduation, reality smacks him straight in the face. He can no longer afford to live in the city. And his student loan payments are beginning to pile up. This wasn’t how things were supposed to go. He’s forced to move back to his native Sacramento. When he left, he’d sworn that he would never return. But like so many of his friends, he finds himself stuck in a dead-end job, neck deep in debt and without much hope for the future. The only joys in his life come from the reliable, predictable pleasure of various stimulants. But he wearies of always fantasizing, always living his life vicariously through the grunts, groans, and orgasms...
Simon is a community college professor who is starting a trial course to train emergency medical technicians. He's nervous because before this he's only ever done first aid courses for companies, but now people are going to be trying to save lives based on what he teaches.
After the first lesson he meets two of his students, Chris and Brian. Both men are at least half his age but he can't stop thinking about them, even thought it's inappropriate. He tries to avoid descending into this taboo way of thinking but it becomes harder as he gets more involved in their lives, for they have their own problems that require private tuition, and Simon finds that he has to put a lot on the line for them.