Eddie no longer notices years passing. He spends his eighty-third birthday fixing the rides at the amusement park where he has worked for most of his life. But when a cart falls from the fairground, Eddie spots a little girl in terrible danger.
He rushes to save her and tragically loses his own life in the attempt. When Eddie wakes, he discovers that death is an opportunity to learn about life, and he will have five teachers. Some he knows, while others are strangers.
One by one, these individuals visit Eddie, illuminating the mysteries of his 'meaningless' existence and revealing the secret behind the eternal question: 'Why was I here?'