The future was mapped out as far as Kyle was concerned. Yeah, an unfortunate accident on the football field took away his athletic scholarship and dreams of being a star quarterback. But he still had his girlfriend, Kimberly, by his side. And he still had plans for them both to attend UCLA after graduation. And from there, their happy life was pretty much assured. Or so he thought.
Kyle has held that clear vision of his future for some time. That’s one of the reasons he bought Kim the charm bracelet he planned to give her at their high school graduation party. It had charms representing their friendship and their connection since they started dating in, like, sixth grade. And there’s plenty of space on the bracelet for charms that the future will give them.
Problem is, great visions and mapped-out charming plans of the future don’t always pan out.
On the night of the graduation party—while whisking Kim away to their favorite hideaway during a freak rainstorm—Kim not only breaks up with Kyle, but they then end up in a car accident. And Kyle wakes up in the hospital with major head injuries and the news that his beloved Kim is dead.
Feeling guilty and lost, Kyle must restart and rebuild a life that he’s not even sure he wants to live anymore. And that requires, first of all, realizing how self-focused and selfish he used to be. With time, though, and the support of family and friends, he starts to piece things back together. And a big part of that support comes from a sad young woman named Marley who Kyle meets while visiting Kim’s grave. Marley has seen loss of her own, but she has a knack for weaving life’s sad stories into sweet Once Upon a Time fairy tales.
Healing, and a new sense of caring (loving?) begins to take place in Kyle’s still-limping life. But does he deserve it? Should he expect anything good? Kyle can’t help but think that something isn’t quite right: things aren’t really what they seem. He can’t keep himself from feeling that it’s all a little wrong and that everything will likely come crashing down once more.
And he’s right in more ways than he can even imagine.