Ferris je zelo prebrisan fant, ki pozna vse potegavščine in trike. Odločil se je, da si vzame šole prost dan, zato morata to storiti tudi njegova prijatelja Cameron in Sloane. Ravnatelj šole ve, da Ferris vedno počne nekaj nedovoljenega, vendar mu to ne more nikakor dokazati. Jezna pa je tudi Ferrisova sestra Jeanie, saj Ferris vedno odnese celo kožo. In ker ima danes prost dan, bo Ferris v njem tudi užival.
High school student Ferris Bueller wants a day off from school and he's developed an incredibly sophisticated plan to pull it off. He talks his friend Cameron into taking his father's prized Ferrari and with his girlfriend Sloane head into Chicago for the day. While they are taking in what the city has to offer school principal Ed Rooney is convinced that Ferris is, not for the first time, playing hooky for the day and is hell bent to catch him out. Ferris has anticipated that, much to Rooney's chagrin.