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Each month of the year, Sara Deever, a Brooklyn Heights woman who leases apartments and sublets them at a profit, shares her bohemian flat with a different man with different "conformist hang-ups." In this way, she feels that she has helped someone and, in turn, she will always be remembered. One day in October, she meets Charlie, a staid British manufacturer, and invites him to be her "November." Intrigued by the offer and the woman, Charlie accepts. As the days pass, Charlie finds himself losing his inhibitions and falling in love with Sara. But when he asks to stay beyond November, Sara tells him that he must leave, as all his predecessors have done, on the last day of the month. Then Charlie learns from a neighbor and friend, Alonzo, that Sara is dying from an incurable illness. Overcoming his grief, Charlie begs Sara to seize whatever happiness she can by letting him remain. Although she knows that for the first time she is truly in love, Sara tells Charlie that he must go. On the last night of the month, Sara packs Charlie's bags and waits for "December" to arrive. When he does, Charlie kisses Sara goodby and reminds her that she will never be forgotten.