Tomoya Okazaki is tired. Tired of living the same old days over and over in the same old place. He's drifting through the last years of high school—not caring, not looking to the future, not getting too close to anyone, not even his screwy best friend Sunohara. His family life is a wreck and his reputation at school a shambles. Then he meets Nagisa Furukawa. Nagisa is older than him, but in the same grade thanks to ill health and extensive absences. She wants very desperately to start a Drama Club, and Tomoya can't seem to help wanting to help her. As she draws him out, they learn and more about each other, about their lives, and the lives of those around them: starfish-obsessed freshman Fuko, spacey genius Kotome, sweet-and-sour twins Kyou and Ryou, presidential candidate and martial-arts goddess Tomoyo. It'll be a transformational year for them all, perhaps for Tomoya most of all.