Twenty-two-year-old Jordan Carroway has a plan–marry his best friend, Alyssa and start a family. A month before the wedding, he meets Nicole O’Roarke during a physical education class. Nicole–the woman who tips his canoe, steps on a cactus, and makes him laugh. They fall madly in love, though neither confess it as they both feel the weight of responsibility. Jordan ultimately keeps his promise and marries Alyssa. Nicole also returns to her life, not realizing that love left its mark, and it’s not through with either of them.