When sixteen-year old Tammy Travoix meets her father's friend and Vietnam veteran, Vincent Malloy, she falls in love at first sight. This is the first of her three dreams. The second is to be a doctor and the third is to buy and renovate an old house on River Road.
Tammy helps Vincent, a broken hearted drunk, find his feet and his estranged parents. Soon he appears to forget Tammy, leaving her behind for a successful partnership in an investment company in the city. In time he falls in love with another woman, marries and has a child which destroys Tammy's first dream.
She carries the heartache with her through medical school and on to war torn Africa where she works in a hospital to raise money for Monique Sanders, a girl who she suspects is Vincent's daughter by a previous girlfriend. It is here that she is attacked by rebel soldiers and is severely injured. Her second dream hangs in the balance.
She returns to Australia and slowly recovers from her injuries. She finds out that Vincent, who has divorced his wife, has purchased the old house on River Road and is restoring it. Her third dream, her final dream has been taken from her.
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