Minerva Parkinson has just received distressing news: she’sdying. Though she and her husband Henry have been married for many years, theirmarriage has grown listless, and she therefore chooses to keep her direprognosis to herself.
With the hopes of leaving Henry with fond memories of her,she buys a houseboat to fulfill his dream of a riverboat trip, and they set offdown the Missouri River. Things are looking good until they meet two strangers,a young woman named Nora and a mysterious man named Mr. Mortimer, who possessesknowledge beyond the worldly realm. In fact, Mr. Mortimer isn’t a man at allbut Death in human form, a fact that does not escape Minerva.
When it becomes apparent that there is an attraction betweenNora and Henry, Minerva pushes aside her jealousy and focuses on what will makeHenry happy when she is gone. But Mr. Mortimer’s growing attraction to Minervabecomes an unexpected complication.