Bradley Cooper, Dennis Quaid and Zoe Saldana star in this romantic drama following three interconnected storylines told through an author's attempt to overcome his regrets. Popular writer Clayton Hammond (Quaid) gives a reading of his new novel 'The Words', which tells the story of struggling author Rory Jansen (Cooper) and his wife Dora (Saldana). After his first book is rejected, Rory decides to pass off a manuscript by an anonymous writer, inadvertantly given to him by Dora, as his own. The book is a success but Rory later meets the man who wrote it (Jeremy Irons), who, in World War II, fought in France where he met his wife and subsequently suffered a tragedy. Rory decides to come clean about the origin of the novel, aware that the consequences could be damaging to both his professional and personal life. After the reading, Clayton is interviewed by student Daniella (Olivia Wilde), who discovers how the author's own mistakes are linked to his novel.