As the 1980s dawn in the sleepy village of Rushton, Mickey and Fred are next-door neighbours and best friends. In and out of scrapes, they share everything, from their first cigarette to their first kiss. They think nothing will ever keep them apart. But they're wrong. Fifteen years on, Fred is set to marry his girlfriend in just a few short weeks. Mickey is starting her new life with a small flower shop and a tiny flat above it. Then they bump into each other for the first time since that fateful summer. As they try to rekindle their friendship, can they ever forget the year their worlds fell apart ? And is it true what they say about first loves... ? In Fred and Mickey's own voices The Boy Next Door tells a story of long hot summers, second chances - and learning you're never too old to be a kid.