Oliver is an American student who decides to work in the summer of 1983 with a professor in Italy. In the house where he is staying at, he meets Elio, the professor’s 17-year-old son. Oliver and Elio spend the entire summer getting to know each other very well. They cycle through the beautiful city of Crema, talk about life and are often to be found at the pool reading a book. Their friendship flourishes into a beautiful summer love.