Its South Africa 1990. Two major events are about to happen: The release of Nelson Mandela and, more importantly, its Spuds first year at an elite boys only private boarding school.
SPUD (Troye Sivan) is a boy from an ordinary background who wins a scholarship to a private school in Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa. Initiated into the CRAZY 8 and surrounded by boys with nicknames like Gecko, Rambo, Rain Man and Mad Dog, Spud has his hands full trying to adapt to his new home.
Through all his adventures, Spuds eccentric English teacher THE GUV (John Cleese), introduces him to great literature and despite his own failing marriage, offers Spud relationship advice.
Armed with only his wits and his diary, Spud takes us from illegal night swimming and schoolboy pranks to the red-hot furnace of the rugby field and cricket pitch. He also invites us into the mind of a boy struggling to come to terms with a strange new world, a boy whose eyes are being opened to love, friendship and complete insanity.