Burke je pred leti tragično izgubil ženo. Svojo izkušnjo o soočanju z žalovanjem in bolečino je opisal v knjigi, ki je postala velika uspešnica. Nekega dne med vodenjem seminarja za samopomoč spozna zabavno in privlačno Eloise. Medtem ko sta si vedno bližje, se Burke zave, da se pravzaprav še vedno ni resnično soočil z izgubo svoje žene. Da bi lahko znova zares začutil ljubezen, mora zato najprej razčistiti to dilemo.
Burke is a motivational speaker whose book about dealing with grief is a best seller. His wife died in a car accident three years ago. He's in Seattle to lead a week-long workshop on healing and to negotiate a major multi-media deal. But something's amiss: he's a closet drinker, he won't ride elevators, his moods swing, he's estranged from his wife's father, and he's very much alone. In a hotel hallway, he bumps into a woman arranging flowers, tries to chat with her, and gets the brush-off. She's Eloise, a local florist who's just broken up with a boyfriend. He's persistent and they eventually go to dinner - it goes badly. What's blocking Burke? Can the physician heal himself.