Sarah Goodwin, a globe-trotting photojournalist, has just returned home from the battlefields of Iraq, having been critically injured by a roadside bomb while covering a story. Sarah's boyfriend James, a foreign correspondent himself, is terrified about the possibility of losing her and guilt-ridden about leaving her in harm's way shortly before the attack. He's ready to get married and finally settle down after years together. Meanwhile, Richard, their old friend and publisher, (as well as Sarah's mentor and former lover) has taken a hard look at his own life, and has taken up with Mandy, a much younger events planner. When Richard and Mandy visit Sarah and James's shared Brooklyn loft, Sarah and James are mortified by Mandy's youth and apparent naiveté.
As Sarah heals, she finds herself itching to get back to work, drawn to the excitement, importance, and even the danger of her life as a war photojournalist. As James attempts to convince Sarah that the time has come to forgo that lifestyle, they both have to face the secrets from their past and what they really want for their future.