Annika and Jonathan connect over chess at the University of Illinois during their senior years. Annika – a home schooled, socially awkward, book loving girl – finds love and acceptance with the kind Jonathan, who works night shifts at a bar and hopes to pursue a job in financial banking in New York City. When a personal tragedy threatens their relationship, Annika retreats rather than follow Jonathan to the Big Apple. They bump into each other in a Chicago grocery store ten years later and discover a chance to try again.
Terribly bittersweet, you will cheer Annika as she strives to overcome her inner demons and succeed in her fervent wish for a second chance with Jonathan. But all this comes to a crashing halt as the fall of 2001 arrives and the inevitable occurs in New York City. A deeply personal, realistic look at first love and all its painful ups and downs.
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