Like all teenage lads, Donald Clarke craves sex and adventure. But his time is limited - he has a fatal disease. He’s never had a girlfriend. But he’s gifted, and has found a way to bring his considerable imagination to life through graphic art and comic drawings.
After reluctant visits to several psychologists Donald meets Dr. Adrian King, whom he immediately nicknames "Dr. Death". After a shaky start, they come to a mutual understanding and unexpectedly end up helping each other. Then Shelly arrives on the scene, cool and different from all the other girls. Donald really likes her, and the rest of his life suddenly looks a lot brighter with her around…..