The exposition of the story starts as Wilson wonders if he can change—he still loves his wife, but believes he has taken her for granted for much too long, something that becomes glaringly clear when he forgets their twenty-ninth wedding anniversary.
The rising action of the story tells about the year that follows the missed anniversary. Jane decides to visit their son, out of town, and alone. This convinces Wilson that their marriage is in crisis. Wilson goes to visit Jane's father, Noah, who had a wonderful marriage until his wife Allie died. It is Wilson's intention to change how he acts towards Jane so that she will know how he feels. So Wilson decides he will begin change how he acts towards her.
About a week before their thirtieth anniversary, their daughter announces that she and her boyfriend want to get married on her parent's anniversary. As the quick plans are made, Wilson can see that Jane has regrets about their wedding: it had not been what she had hoped for.
As the plans for the wedding progress, Wilson is much more attentive to Jane. He also spends time with Jane's father, Noah, and even puts time and energy into bringing the family home back to its former glory, even though Noah lives in a nursing home. It is also decided that Anna's wedding will be held at Noah's house.
Wilson does all he can to be supportive of Jane during this time, and to help with the wedding plans. His is generous with his time and money. Noah ends up in the hospital when he falls and hits his head, and the family visits. Through all of this, Wilson is involved in deep introspection, remembering things he unfairly asked of his wife, that he never made up to her or even conveyed that he appreciated.
Wilson courts Jane now the way he did when they fell in love. Jane asks him if he is having an affair—all this special attention is confusing her. He assures Jane that he is not having an affair. The next night, Wilson plans a special date, complete with limo and a secret destination, which turns out to be Noah's house, now completely renovated. They spend a romantic evening together, and it seems that their relationship is back on track.
The climax of the story occurs when the wedding day arrives. Flowers, caterer and family start to appear at the house. Finally Anna enters, not in a wedding dress, but in a bridesmaid's dress, with a veil behind her back—the veil is for Jane, and for the last year, Wilson has been planning Jane's wedding as surprise so she can have the wedding she never had. He has done all of this out of his love for her.
The falling action occurs when Wilson decides that a man can change, if he really wants to. He makes up his mind to continue to show Jane how much she means to him, making sure he never takes her for granted again.