With a week remaining until her college graduation, Alice Martin has her whole life rigidly planned. That's until her best friend gives her a birthday present she'll never forget: a chance not only to see her future, but to live it briefly and return to the present.
With a week remaining until her college graduation, ALICE MARTIN has her whole life planned. She's marrying a budding politician named JEFFREY, becoming a publishing mogul, and living happily ever after. That's until MARIANA, her eccentric best friend, gives her a birthday present she'll never forget: a chance not only to see her future, but to live it briefly and return to the present.
TRAL, a brain scientist who looks and sounds like Johnny Cash, has discovered that a person's existence keeps repeating over and over again (just like Nietzsche's idea of eternal recurrence). He has proved our lives are like a DVD, and that we're simply watching it through our eyes in linear time. But Tral has invented a potion that allows us to skip ahead to different scenes in the future.
Alice is skeptical, but she eventually drinks the strange liquid. And just like the character in Kurt Vonnegut's "Slaughterhouse-Five", she becomes spastic in time. Her first jump, 15 years into the future, shows that she's reached her goal of owning a magazine. Unfortunately, Alice is being sued for libel by Jeffrey, now her cheating ex-husband. The young woman's entire worldview is decimated when she returns to the present.
Alice soon breaks off the engagement and begins dating JAKE- a hard drinking musician who's a student of Zen. As their romance escalates, we learn that Alice was once a very different person; as a kid she loved Goth music, snuck out to clubs, and wrote poetry and fiction. More vaults into the future prove that if she continues on the publishing track, she's in for a Citizen Kane-like demise. So Alice decides to pursue her buried dream of being a writer.
With her life completely turned upside down, Jeffrey returns pleading for another chance. This plants doubt in the new rebel, and she wonders if she's making things worse. In her next time jump Alice has abandoned writing for a boring desk job. She's also left Jake, and is now dating a jealous drunk who, suspecting infidelity, shoots her . . . sending Alice tumbling down a flight of stairs.
With a scream of terror Alice returns to the present. She still has important choices to make, but the brush with death has convinced her to savor the now instead of worrying about the future. Alice knows that she's not ready to settle down with any guy or any job, and instead wants to focus on leading an interesting life that can be put down on paper. She begins by taking a trip to Europe with Mariana, where we leave them gazing out at Paris from the top of the Eiffel Tower.