45-letni Adrienne Willis se življenje postavi na glavo, ko izve, da jo mož zapušča zaradi mlajše ženske. Da bi ponovno našla samo sebe in notranji mir, zbeži v obalno mestece Rodanthe v Severni Karolini. Kmalu po njenem prihodu mestecu grozi huda nevihta, v hotel, v katerem stanuje Adrienne, pa zanese tudi zdravnika Paula Flannerja, ki ima težave s svojim odtujenim sinom. Adrienne in Paul se zapleteta v romantično razmerje in dobita še eno priložnost za srečno ljubezensko življenje. Toda ali jo bosta izkoristila?
Adrienne Willis, a woman with her life in chaos, retreats to the tiny coastal town of Rodanthe, in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, to tend to a friend's inn for the weekend. Here she hopes to find the tranquility she so desperately needs to rethink the conflicts surrounding her -- a wayward husband who has asked to come home, and a teen-aged daughter who resents her every decision. Almost as soon as Adrienne gets to Rodanthe, a major storm is forecast and a guest named Dr. Paul Flanner arrive. The only guest at the inn, Flanner is not on a weekend escape but rather is there to face his own crisis of conscience. Now, with the storm closing in, the two turn to each other for comfort and, in one magical weekend, set in motion a life-changing romance that will resonate throughout the rest of their lives.