Ashton wasn't always silent, he stopped talking the day his mother died. His stepdad began to beat him. His silence wasn't just any silence, it was suicide silence. Planning out his death. He had nothing to live until the new boy.
Luke Hemmings is new in town and school. He's very opened about himself. He doesn't care about what people think about him being gay. Ashton catches his attention. Determined to make him talk, Luke falls in love with him.
(I'm so sorry if this is triggering to anyone who is reading this.)