We all have them, darlings. They are the cesspit of all our deepest darkest secrets. Our wants, desires and sins. It is in our speech, actions and pathological way of thinking. Our little darlings are our other side to ourselves. A sinister side which we all hide and brave with false facades. You cannot lie that you don't shelter a darling because, in reality, people of all ages harbor dark, sad and broken things.
Declan was the epitome of strength, the top defensive back, top student in his classes, part of THE top-notch football team. But when he fails a basic challenge in front of his entire team--especially to a tiny thing like Bailey McIntyre--he's furious. So is his team captain. And Declan just can't seem let it go. And it gets worse... because he starts to think about Bailey as more than just the guy who destroyed his reputation.
Joey Carpenter is a street kid. Living in his parent’s garage, he hustles to survive. Alcohol and drugs help him face the world. Rejected by his family, and an outcast at school, his future looks dim until he meets Allen Foster- who has his own problems. The special bond they form will give Joey a second chance at life.
Shaun's an outsider. The only thing he's got going for him is his guitar and a head full of lyrics. When Jesse moves to town, bringing big bright smiles and warm blue eyes into Shaun's dark life, he insists they become friends. That'll be a problem for Shaun. He's never had a real friend before. Oh, and he's also finding himself hopelessly attracted to his new friend, which is definitely not going to work out. Being gay just isn't brutal and Shaun has an image to uphold if he's ever got a shot at becoming the death metal God he's destined to become.