When Charlotte Clapp finds out she's dying of the same cancer which killed her mother, she takes a closer look at her life. So far, she's done nothing that she had dreamed about. She was overweight, had worked at the same job in the same bank for fifteen years, and she had never left the confines of her small New England hometown.
Deciding she needs to make a change while she still has time, Charlotte robs the bank of two million dollars and get out of town. Charlotte takes her new used Jaguar and starts a long, winding trip to Hollywood, a place where she and her former best friend had always dreamed of going.
Once in Hollywood, Charlotte pays cash for an apartment and begins to ogle the pool boy, Skip. When she realizes he's struggling to repair his marriage, she's disappointed, but her obsession doesn't decrease. She becomes friends with an elderly widow from the same building, Dolly, who thinks of Charlotte--who changes her name to Blossom McBeal--as the daughter she never had.
Blossom takes to swimming at night when no one can see her. In the water, she feels weightless. And, ironically, the more she swims, the lighter she becomes physically.
Blossom makes a list of the things she wants to do before she dies. Skip and Dolly get involved. Skip's marriage has fallen through, and, when she least expected it and when Blossom had just learned to live well alone, a romance develops between them. It is, however, short-lived, as the FBI arrives at her door soon after to arrest her for robbing the bank.
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