Zooey and Alec Morrison, are a married couple who are struggling to bridge the painful gap that is developing between them. Unable to conceive, the Morrisons await confirmation of a child to foster. One day a seven year old boy who calls himself "Eli" appears on their doorstep quite mysteriously, explaining the foster agency has sent him.
Eli is old beyond his years and provides the couple with moral support and advice on how to save their relationship. Adored by his foster mother and admired by his foster father, Eli helps Zooey and Alec learn to have fun again and start to rekindle their relationship.