Emma Tupper has a promising future as an attorney, but when her mother passes away and leaves Emma with a plane ticket to Africa, she feels obligated to honor her mother's wishes. Shortly after arriving in Africa, Emma suffers a devastating illness and survives an earthquake, which ultimately cuts her off from work, her friends, and her boyfriend back home.
When Emma finally returns home six months later, it's to find that her life is over on paper, as everyone assumed she had died in Africa. Emma is then faced with rebuilding her life and determining the parts of her life that are worth saving, and the parts she can cut out for good (like her boyfriend, or maybe her career!).