Robert is the golden boy of his Manhattan dance studio. The fair-haired Swede is fresh off the plane, brought over specially as a prot�g� to Hunter. The teacher, a somewhat broken, personally unpleasant, aging ex-dancer, rides Robert hard in class, and then gives him affectionate private lessons after hours.
Soon it becomes obvious, at least to us, that the teacher is more interested in dating than dancing with Robert. But the handsome Swede likes girls — in particular the other star pupil, Jewel. As much grief as Robert takes at his restaurant job from co-workers who think that any male dancer must be a tutu-wearing "faggot," he takes sexual abuse from all sides but keeps focused on the two things he cares about: dancing and Jewel.
The big question, as Hunter's passes become increasingly obvious and desperate, is: why does Robert put up with it?