Noah Calhoun reads aloud from a well-worn notebook. His audience is Allie, his much loved but now ailing wife. The story he is telling is their story.
After their first fateful meeting as teenagers, Noah and Allie spend a wonderful summer falling in love. Allie's parents look on horrified. They have great ambitions for their daughter, which don't include a poor rural southerner.
Forced to separte, Noah and Allie lose contact. Then, years later, on the eve of her marriage to a successful lawyer Allie finds herself drawn irresistibly to Noah's home town. What follows is an unforgettable meeting and a wonderful tribute to the power of love.