Ned (Finn O'Shea), a self-acknowledged misfit, really doesn't want to go to boarding school in HANDSOME DEVIL. He's almost hoping he'll be quickly expelled, but his dad and stepmom are resolute. Woodhill College (an Irish high school) is just what he expected. The boys are all too "cool," obsessed with rugby, and intolerant of kids that don't immediately fit in. Ned's only solace is that he's got a room of his own. Until, at the last possible moment, new student Conor (Nicholas Galitzine), rugby star extraordinaire, and the coolest of the cool, is forced to join him. Ned, introspective and quirky, is isolated and bullied. Conor, who's been expelled from his last school for fighting, just wants to be left alone. Both boys complain to the headmaster, to no avail. Enter Dan Sherry (Andrew Scott), English teacher with a strong purpose. Ned and Conor build a literal wall between their halves of the room, but with Mr. Sherry's involvement, the wall comes down. Then, as the specter of Ned's probable gayness and gayness in general loom large, relationships are strained. Prodded by Weasel (Ruairi O'Connor), a bully, and Pascal O'Keefe (Moe Dunford), the school's homophobic rugby coach, the situation is tense. And, as the rugby season winds down and the championship match approaches, events take a critical turn. Mistakes are made; characters behave badly; and emotional survival hangs in the balance.