Jack Elliott has Alzheimer's. To preserve his mind, he has written his life's story: the lessons, the gains and the losses he has lived through, in hopes that as his granddaughter, Alsion, comes of age, she will not make the same mistakes he did. For her birthday, Jack takes Alison on a journey to the places in the West where he found his independence in life, his dependence on God, and fell in love for the first time.
When Jack's journals are stolen, Alison realizes that nothing will protect her grandfather from the evils of Alzheimer's. Victims of a hit-and-run, Jack is seriously injured. Desperate to find a piece of his past to bring to him, Alison continues the journey, searching for answers, seeking the people and places her grandfather once knew. As Alison follows the stories she grew up on, she realizes that she's looking for Jack's first love...and it's not her grandmother. Will this woman be enough? Will she be the 'kiss' that wakes him up?