Ryan, a closeted gay seminarian, is working on a thesis dealing with love as a gift from God nearing the end of his studies. During this volatile time in his life, Ryan gets caught up in a troubled relationship with another man which, together with his struggles with friends and family, calls into doubt everything he has known about faith, hope and love.
The Seminarian is a story about Ryan, a closeted gay student in his final semester of theological study. Despite the school's hostile stance towards homosexuality, Ryan has two gay classmates - Gerald and Anthony - in whom he confides in secret. He is also close to his religiously devout mother who, as things stand, is unaware of his sexual orientation.
Ryan needs to complete a solid theological thesis in order to continue doctoral work at the university of his dreams. As he works on his thesis 'The Divine Gift of Love,' Ryan begins a relationship with Bradley - a guy he met on the Internet who seems perpetually unable to commit himself. Ryan confides in Gerald and Anthony, only to learn about their romantic struggles as well. Consequently, Ryan questions his view on God's gift of love.
During this volatile time, with the pain of unrequited love and the inability to share his fears with his mother deepening, Ryan struggles with finishing his thesis and holding on to his faith in love.