Monica and Nicholas Baumhauer are about to launch the trip of a lifetime: a year-long sabbatical in Italy. They have found the perfect cove to call home, beneath vineyards and centuries-old buildings embedded in cliffs. Construction of a sailboat that will serve as both transportation and home is well under way. The couple has signed up for Italian lessons and sailing lessons. It seems that nothing will stand in the way of this long-anticipated adventure. Then a catastrophic mistake derails all of their plans.