Luke Collins (Scott Eastwood) is a bull rider on the Professional Bull Riders tour who is seriously injured one night while riding. One year later, he gets back on and meets Sophia Danko (Britt Robertson) by chance. On their first date, they encounter an older gentleman who has crashed his car and help rescue him. Luke continues riding bulls, no matter the risk of being hurt again, while he and Sophia fall in love. Meanwhile, Sophia continuously visits the man she and Luke rescued, Ira Levinson (Alan Alda). He tells her the story, in 1940, of how young Ira (Jack Huston) met his late wife, Ruth (Oona Chaplin); their stories interweave.