Novak notices that the students coming to him from Mr. Otis' class are woefully unprepared, and to find out why he sits in on Otis' class. He discovers that Otis isn't really teaching the students--he's trying to win them over by keeping them entertained with a steady stream of jokes and wisecracks and not really teaching them anything. Even worse, Novak discovers that the students are passing the class because Otis is feeding them the answers to their tests. He sets out to bring Otis down.
A sensitive, poetry-loving teenage boy has a crush on his pretty young remedial-reading teacher, with whom he shares a love of romantic stories and poems. Soon the teacher, who finds the company of men her own age to be unsatisfying, begins to develop the same kind of feelings for her student that he has for her.
A sullen loner, living in a world of his own, reveals a high level of talent to Mr. Novak after bits of the student's torn writings are pieced together. Getting that life back on track though, is not so easy a task.
A broken heel. Teaching in the wrong classroom. Loosing control of the students. Mary Smith is firmly convinced she doesn't have what it takes to be a teacher anymore - until a smitten Mr. Novak enters her personal world.