During the Christmas break at a New England prep school, an unconventional instructor finds himself obligated to stay on campus. His task? To provide companionship and guidance to a small group of students who have no other place to go. This unexpected situation leads to an extraordinary connection between him and one particular student, a brilliant troublemaker with a troubled past. In the midst of their journey, they also find solace in the company of the school's head cook, who is grappling with the recent loss of her son in the Vietnam War. Together, these unlikely individuals form a bond that transcends their respective roles, proving that compassion and understanding can arise in the most unexpected of circumstances.