Visiting Paris is a cherished dream come true for Chloe McCoy. She has left her fiancée Peter Smith for two weeks in order to follow in the footsteps of her beloved writer Ernest Hemingway. For Chloe this will be her last hurrah before settling down to a bourgeois life with Peter.
On her very first day in Paris, Chloe meets the bouquiniste and writer Guillaume Selier. She notices that being with Guillaume stirs the same feelings of adventure that normally only reading her books provides. Chloe slowly realizes that this is the life she has always desired and is wholeheartedly enjoying the experience. That is, until Peter and her mother show up unexpectedly and Chloe is forced to face questions about her future. She knows she must make a decision if she wants to live her own adventure; her own life.
New Yorker Sofia Wilson has lived in the city of light for six years, where she runs a shop that sells products from all over France. She shares her life and apartment with the seven years younger, work shy Jean-Luc Dupont. Sofia works more than fulltime to support them, however, she doesn’t complain because she truly enjoys making other people happy. This enables her to see the world through rose-colored glasses and ignore the pain that made her flee New York.
But as Sofia begins to realize that Jean-Luc struggles to make any effort to be there for her when she really needs him, something begins to dawn on her. Emotions run high and finally Sofia opens up about what caused her to leave New York. She now knows that she has never been able to run away from old pain and in order to be really happy she first has to learn to face her past.
Lizzy Gilbert has travelled from San Francisco to Paris in order to make it as an artists’ model. She wants to become someone’s muse so that she can get recognition; something she cannot give herself. She dives headfirst into the art scene until she meets the level headed Toby Hall. Toby owns a coffee bar across the street from Sofia’s shop and is captivated by Lizzy. He wants to find out who Lizzy really is underneath all the bravado but she refuses to let her guard down. She’d rather cling to the idea who she wants to be than find out who she really is. Even if this means giving up her Parisian dream and heading off somewhere else in pursuit of happiness.
A close friendship develops between the three women when hey each must choose between holding on to their old dreams and lives, or breaking with them and starting all over again.