Former volleyball player Kirk Kilgour is awakened from an intense dream about his former life by the Northridge earthquake. Kirk, a high-level quadriplegic as the result of a training accident, is trapped in his bed until help arrives to clear debris from his room and begin the difficult four hour process of getting him ready for the day. The forty-seven-year-old man had been a college All-American before becoming a professional volleyball player who was living in Italy with his wife at the time of the injury. In the first days after his life changed forever, he decided to become “the best quadriplegic in the world.” Although he loses his career, his wife, and the use of most of his body, he lives a life with no regrets, one in which he chooses happiness each day.
Belinda is a forty-six-year-old divorced mother of three and self-professed sports junkie. Although content with her life in Vail, Colorado, she desires what she has never known—a man worthy of her love. Belinda learns of Kirk through her friendship with his nephew, who tells her that his uncle is a professional broadcaster who might possibly be looking for a new attendant to accompany him to the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. Although she has no background in personal health care, Belinda becomes obsessed with the idea of working for Kirk at the Olympics, and she pursues the idea for a year. A telephone meeting is finally arranged between the two, and after some thought Kirk invites her to Los Angeles to train as his attendant.
Belinda is initially excited about the trip but then begins to wonder about the wisdom of her idea. When she meets Kirk in person, she is taken aback by his appearance because all she can see is the power wheelchair. Kirk, smitten with Belinda from the start and always the competitor, decides that he will win her affection. Kirk has a way of making people quickly forget about the disability. When Belinda sees Kirk out of the wheelchair for the first time, she begins to regard him as a man, a very handsome man.