In 1974, Yves Saint Laurent was at his wits' end. For years, his creations had secured him the admiration of the fashion world and he got everything he wanted. But his career takes an abrupt turn when the trade press punishes him with bad reviews and he subsequently falls into a deep hole. During this time, his manager and life partner Pierre Bergé tries to keep the Yves Saint Laurent empire together.
The young writer Louis returns to his hometown after twelve years. He is ill and fears he will not live much longer. Now he wants to tell his family about it. But during the decade in which he has been absent, he has not only distanced himself geographically from his mother and siblings.
Kyle and Mike have been best friends forever and, through the years, have formed a unique bond – but then, Mike reveals that he slept with Kyle's fiancée, just before the planned wedding. In seven chapters, The Climb recounts the story of this long and turbulent friendship between two men through its ups and downs.