Mark Blazey is a high school kid who's going to stay young...even if it kills him. Mark doesn't want to live in the real world. In the real world you can't just do what you want. In the real world you have to compromise. Growing up in an Australian coastal town, Mark locks into a relentless battle of wills with a controlling headmaster. Mark is a smart kid from a chaotic family who has just thrown away a scholarship to a private school and found himself at the local high, to the dismay of his mother and grandma. His single-parent mother, Anna, is struggling to keep the family together and protect her young daughter, while older brother Jimmy is on a path back to jail. When Mark finds his first real love Kim, he tries to escape all the forces in his life with her.