Adaline Bowman is born in 1908, when the 20th century is still young. She grew up as a normal person and has a husband and a family. After a winter accident that nearly kills them, everything for the young woman changed however. – And nothing changes more, because at once, Adaline ceases to age. For always 29 years old, she experienced eight decades without going through an external change. But the initial miracle turns out to be a curse, because to keep her secret, Adaline ekes out a life in solitude. Up on their old familiar Fleming she shies away all personal relationships.
That only changes when Adaline Ellis Jones meets. The charismatic philanthropist evokes a long-forgotten desire for life and love in the forever-young woman and so she accepts it, to come on a weekend with his parents.