The residents of Study House in part one are college students in the mid-1990s who are uniquely afflicted with various mental disorders. Confined to the same dormitory on the campus of a prominent university in the Midwest, the students form a coterie of sorts that is largely kept separate from the student body but that is under intense scrutiny by the administration. The dorm residents do their best to navigate the difficulties of their conditions as well as campus life.
Part two catches up with several of the Study House residents twenty years later. Some have become successful while others have struggled, but they each feel a connection to one another, believing that their shared college experiences have somehow shaped their middle-aged selves. Standing in Doorways contains pathos and humor, attempting to answer what it means to be lost and what it means to be found again.