At Oxford University the hottest invitation is to The Riot Club, a privileged and exclusive club the members of which hold the keys to future success and power. First years Miles and Alistair are both dazzlingly clever and offspring of pillars of the Establishment, though politically and socially polar opposites. Alistair, pressured by a family legacy of social success, is ruthlessly determined to succeed; Miles, however, has been seduced by the social kudos of the invitation, but his heart isn't in it. Nonetheless, both young men are invited by the club's leaders to a debauched night out to see if they've got what it takes to belong. Over the course of the evening, the tinderbox of personal rivalries and jealousy is set alight by alcohol and hormones, until it finally and catastrophically explodes, forcing the the wolf pack to turn on one of its own.