Marty Strauss is on top of the world. He's a famous movie star with the awesome lifestyle that goes with it: exotic cars, luxurious home in the Hollywood Hills, private Learjet at his disposal, respect and admiration from millions of fans the whole world over. Best of all, he has the girl of his dreams at his side, Sara Blake, who is an equally famous star from a Hollywood family. Together, they live the kind of life that most people only ever get to dream about.
And then one day out of the blue, Marty gets a phone call from his youngest sister. All at once he is reminded of his past, which he had conveniently filed away in the farthest reaches of his mind. Unpleasant memories and experiences bubble up to the surface as his sister pleads with him to come home to the family farm in Kansas. Reluctantly he agrees, in spite of the terrible news she has given him.
Arriving on a stormy afternoon in the early summertime, his dread builds as she drives him to his boyhood home, where the family he has not seen in twenty years is waiting for him. But what he finds there surprises him, and leads him down a path which he had never even considered. Over the course of several weeks, he rediscovers the family which he had all but forgotten. And along his journey, he must confront the mistakes of the past, which still hold some sway over the present.
In the end, the love and forgiveness offered by his family in spite of the tragic events they must learn to accept, gives Marty a whole new outlook on life. Just when we think that we have set the course for our lives and begin the odyssey, the wind changes, and steers us in a completely new and unexpected direction.