This movie is based off the book written by Nicholas Sparks. The movie starts out with this young couple who meet while the wealthy girl is on vacation at their summer home. She finds a guy there that is just one of the middle class locals. She falls for him and spends every waking moment with him during the summer. He meets her family and you learn right away that mommy and daddy don't like him. They don't find him suitable at all. She ends up having a fight with her family and he walks away saying that he doesn't want to cause them any trouble. She returns home.
World War II breaks out and he is drafted with his best friend who passes away. While the couple were together, they had said that their dream home would be this house. His father helps him by giving him the money he needs to buy the home. She in the meantime meets a guy who her family does approve of and is about to get married. During her fitting though, she reads in the paper that he had finished the dream home. She goes to meet him.
The two of them go to have a great time and rekindle their love. Her mother comes for her, but she refuses to go when she learns that when she thought he never reached out to her, he had written her every day. During this time, he was in a relationship, but the woman can't compete with this past fling. The soon to be husband of the woman's comes too, but she tells him that she can't get married.
Throughout the movie, they go between this plot and an older couple in a nursing home. The guy has moved in so he can be near his wife who is suffering from Alzheimers. He reads this story to her. Sometimes she remembers, other times she doesn't. When she is taken into isolation after having a panic attack when she lost her memory yet again, he sneaks in to be with her and they are then bound to be together forever.