From the outside, Julia and Michael
seem to have it all. Both products of difficult childhoods in rural West
Virginia, they become high school sweethearts and fall in love. Shortly after
graduation, they flee their small town to start afresh. Now thirty-somethings,
they are living a rarefied life in their multimillion-dollar, Washington DC, home. Julia is a highly sought-after party planner, while Michael has just sold
his wildly successful flavored water company for $70 million.
But one day, Michael collapses in
his office. Four minutes and eight seconds after his cardiac arrest, a portable
defibrillator jump-starts his heart. But in those lost minutes he becomes a
different man. Money is meaningless to him, and he wants to give it all away.
Julia, who sees bits of her life reflected in scenes from the world’s great
operas, is now faced with a choice she never anticipated. Should she should
walk away from the man she once adored but who truthfully became a stranger to
her long before this pronouncement, or should she give in to her husband’s pleas for a
second chance and a promise of a poorer but happier life?
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