Clay Jensen lives in San Luis, a small town in California with his mother and father. Clay is a calm high school kid that was a little more than just friends with Hanna Baker. They worked together at the movie theaters with Hannah. He also attended the same school as the new girl, Hannah Baker.
Clay comes home one afternoon to find a mysterious shoe box on his steps right outside of his house. Clay has no idea what could be inside the box so he goes inside to open it up.
Clay finds out what the tapes actually are about and why he received the tapes. Ashe begins to listen to the tapes, his mother walks in on him and he lies to her saying that he is doing something for a project in school. He ends up going to Tony's to get his walkman. Clay then finds out that he received the tapes because he was one of the reasons why Hannah killed herself.