Eddie is a war veteran who feels like he has led a pretty dull and uninspiring life. The novel opens on his 83rd birthday where he is only minutes away from dying – trying to save the life of a young girl at the amusement park where he works. The novel is told in three parts from his perspective, and in one he discovers that Heaven is not a destination but is where five people explain your life to you. Albom also explores what happens to the people in Eddie’s world after he dies, as they cope with his loss, and we discover that perhaps our lives can affect others more than we imagine. This fable-like novel makes us think about what is really important in our lives.