The film starts with an old man reading a story to an old woman in a nursing home. The story he reads follows two young lovers named Allie Hamilton and Noah Calhoun, who meet one evening at a carnival.
They are soon separated by Allie's parents who dissaprove of Noah's unwealthy family and move Allie away. After waiting for Noah to write her for several years, Allie meets and gets engaged to a handsome young soldier named Lon.
Then after reading a newspaper article about Noah, Allie then stops by his 200-year-old home (that he promised he'd restore for her), "to see if he's okay". It is evident that they still have feelings for each other, and Allie has to choose between her fiancÚ and her first love.