Professor Stuart Browning sits and reads an old farewell letter written to him by his wife Moira (Jill Clayburgh) who was dying of cancer, then she calls him to tell him dinner is ready, as she had beaten that cancer five years ago. Soon after, Moira discovers her cancer has returned so she begins preparing anew, her husband, her teenage daughter Jani (Cyndy Preston), and her young son Brad (Andrew Bednarski) for when she is gone. Moira has an especially difficult time dealing with her daughter's denial, and the idea of her husband's happiness after she dies. She continues running her successful art gallery with friend and partner Cynthia (Rosemary Dunsmore) as she deals with the pain of the cancer's progression and the guilt of putting family and friends (Mimi Kuzyk) through an even worse hell than five years earlier. Moira's time is filled with joys and pitfalls as she endeavors to live to the fullest, the time she has remaining with the immortal words of poet Robert Frost looming.