From the dark reality of living with AIDS in “PHILADELPHIA,” to the everlasting brotherhood and friendships in “DEAD POETS SOCIETY,” comes the realistic story of David Lombardi, a brilliant student writer haunted by secret past memories triggered from being unexpectedly diagnosed with the AIDS virus. While David works on a novel to win his universities’ annual novelist contest, he realizes he must stop hiding in a fictional world and face his true self.
David and his faithful long time pal Bobby are college roommates that have lived together since childhood. Their friendship has always been each others backbone until David finds his unintentional Don-Juan buddy having an affair with a girl he “so-called” longs for. David’s broken bond with Bobby forces him to move into his fraternity house with his film student friend Mike.
If things couldn’t get any worse, Mr. Macintire, writing teacher and member of the contest board informs David that his story’s subject matter may not be appropriate for submission. Little David knows, Macintire is just looking out for his writer nephew, Lance, who is president of the fraternity and jealous of David’s talent. David’s determination drives him to the dean of the Universities’ office. Luckily, Dean Oliveri recalls a previous clever play David wrote for the theater department and gets him back in the contest.
Mike’s sex-crazed girlfriend Suzie freaks when she finds out that his old high school girlfriend tested HIV positive. She makes Mike get an HIV test and he drags David along with him. David’s hidden past torments him when his results unexpectedly come back positive and Mike’s negative.
As time goes by, David suffers from an AIDS related condition called wasting syndrome causing loss of weight and appetite. He becomes physically and mentally unstable as he buries himself into writing his novel while obsessing about winning the contest.
David comes to the conclusion that after being kicked out of his fraternity, diagnosed with full-blown AIDS, disowned by his father, dismissed from his best friend, and confused about his girlfriend, that he must face his true inner-self before it’s too late.
Bobby’s genuine love is the only touchstone that can rip down the walls of David Lombardi. The day David can accept himself, is the day he will become free.