The movie (based on the novel by Nicholas Sparks) follows two young lovers named Allie Nelson and Noah Calhoun, who meet one evening at a carnival. But they come from different backgrounds and when World War II breaks out, they are separated. Seven years later, after waiting for Noah for several years after the war, Allie meets a handsome young soldier named Lon. He proposes to her, she accepts, and they are engaged. Allie then sees a story about Noah in the newspaper and she stops by his 200-year-old home to see if he's okay. It is still evident he has feelings for her - will true first love realize itself before its too late?
Gena Rowlands....Allie Calhoun
James Marsden....Lon Hammond
Sam Shepard....Frank Calhoun
David Thornton....John Hamilton
Joan Allen....Anne Hamilton
Starletta DuPois....Nurse Esther
Jennifer Echols....Nurse Selma
Heather Wahlquist....Sara Tuffington
Andrew Schaff....Matthew Jamison III
Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database.