Lou, she has been hired on a 6 month contract to take care of Mrs. Traynor's son Will. Will got into an accident that left him paralyzed. During the first few months it was hard for her and Will. Then they got along and she fell in love with him then figured out he's wanted to end his suffering.
Will's mother Mrs. Traynor hired Lou to take care of will for 6 months. Lou didn't know that Will was suicidal. She helps will take his own life as he wishes. She fires Lou, but doesn't know what Lou got from Will
The theme is about ambition and achievement. Lou and Will never really participated in life. Lou is still living with her parents and Will is stuck in a wheelchair. So Lou goes back to school to do fashion design like she always wanted too. Will becomes an accountant and doesn't really have to go anywhere
The setting takes place in stortfold castle a large city with big buildings and busy traffic. "Behind me, the sun was setting behind stortfold castle, its dark shadow sliding down like melting wax to overtake me."
Moyes foreshadows will before getting into the accident that made him paralyzed and miserable. "He sees the side of the glossy black taxi in front of him, the driver already winding down his window, and at the edge of his field of vision he cant quite make out, something coming toward him at an impossible speed.
Lou confesses her love for Will and he doesn't think he can do this.