Stanley Phillips (John Cusack) a former war veteran, is informed by the Army that his wife, Grace, has been killed in combat in Iraq. Unable to grieve, nor tell his daughters Heidi (Shelan O'Keefe) and Dawn (Gracie Berdnarcyzk) that their mother is dead, Stanley pulls them out of school for the week to head to an amusement park.
Heidi is suspicious of her father's actions, but doesn't figure out the whole truth while Stanley finds rare moments to mourn his wife. They finally make it to the park and have a perfect day. However, Stanley knows he must tells them, and finally does, holding his daughters as they break down.
The film ends with Grace's funeral, with Heidi reading an eulogy for her beloved mother.