The story takes place in the late 1950’s where a boy named Todd Anderson is beginning his senior year at Welton Academy, which is a highly regarded boarding school.

The students loved Mr. Keating's teaching methods, but the strict headmaster “Mr. Nolan” was not in favour of such alternative teaching methods.

Tod's roommate Neil Perry discovers that Mr. Keating once was in a “dead poets society” when he was a student at Welton himself, and he decided to restart the group.