A 15-year-old whose family moves from Oregon to Boston misses the girlfriend he left behind, so he runs away to see her. On the way he hooks up with a female art student in her 20s who is also hitchhiking across the country, from whom he learns some valuable lessons about life.
James looks forward to his upcoming 16th birthday and hopes to get a car as a gift. His uncle decides to give him a night with a call-girl instead. Shunning that situation, James falls in love with a Swedish foreign exchange student and loses his virginity.
The school dance is around the corner, and everybody's looking for a date. James has a crush on a fellow student who's taller than he is, while fending off the advances of another who's much shorter than him.
James, Sly and other Bunker Hill students fail to make it onto the school basketball team, and start up their own intramural team instead. But when he falls for Jennifer, a friend of Marlene's who starts her own all-female team, James is conflicted.