Journalist Mary Landers (Amy Smart) feels like she’s stuck in a rut. For several years, she’s worked for the same small, local paper and orders the same food with the same boyfriend. She desperately longs for more: to write for the bigger paper in town The Gazette, and hopes for a marriage proposal. After Mary is assigned to write a Valentine’s Day story about “The Meaning of Love,” her boyfriend Carl (Brandon Olive) breaks up with her, saying he needs change and excitement in his life, leaving Mary feeling that her life is boring and predictable.
Riding the crowded train home, Mary locks eyes with a handsome stranger, photo journalist James Fielding (Adrian Grenier), but before they speak, he exits the train, accidentally leaving his phone behind. Mary attempts to return the phone and after learning that James is on assignment in the romantic city of Paris, the two begin communicating.
With the help of her best friend Victor (Jonathan Bennett), and a text-message blessing from James to write a feature story on him, Mary begins to discover who James really is by contacting and interviewing many of the people she finds while scrolling through the contacts and photos in his phone. She learns James can Tango, that he helped an unhappy (and fired) waitress find her purpose in life rescuing dogs, convinced a friend to get out of his comfort zone and try skydiving and mentored a neighbor’s young son, gifting him with a piano and whom would later go on to attend Juilliard.
Before long, Mary finds herself on an unexpected journey -- and to hers and Carl’s surprise, is slowly reinventing herself into anything but boring and predictable: Mary has now adopted an adorable rescue dog, jumped out of an airplane, learned to dance the Tango, and taken a thrill ride on the back of a motorcycle; Mary is now much more appealing to Carl and he launches an effort to win her back.
But it’s the discovery of Carey (Kelly Thiebaud), the former love of James’ life, that propels Mary’s story on James even further and she begins to fall in love with this man she will finally meet on Valentine’s Day when he returns home from Paris. Meeting with Carey and hearing her story makes Mary realize that finding James’ phone has completely changed her own life and learns that love means opening your heart to any possibility, no matter how unexpected.