A man and boy stand in a cemetery. The boy says: ‘can’t you tell? She’ll always love you.’ The narrator says he once thought like the boy.
On Valentine’s Day, a young man (call him Pete) wanders alone in a city where he, also the narrator, has never ‘fit in.’ As he surveys all the decorations and couples, his mind becomes occupied with the subject of love. Lost in thought, Pete crosses a road and is nearly hit by a car. When he gets up, a mysterious reflection shines in his eye. He finds the glimmer’s source to be a steel bucket in an alley. Pete notices a comatose girl’s body next to the bucket, and is momentarily taken aback by her beauty against the bleak alley. Taking a weak pulse, Pete finds a suicide note. Suddenly, he realizes he’s wasting valuable time, and calls for help.
Pete wakes up in the hospital, having blacked out in the girl’s ambulance (call her Destiny). Destiny eventually recovers and becomes fond of Pete. Pete goes to ask her out, and the story skips to the next Valentine’s Day.
From inside a restaurant, Pete watches Destiny get hit by a car. The cemetery is seen again. Pete, depressed, makes observations about love. The story returns to Destiny declining Pete’s date because an ex-boyfriend impregnated her. It is revealed that Destiny died because of this same reckless man. Pete takes responsibility for the child, and the film ends with them standing at the grave.