Penny Lee heads to college in Austin, Texas to become a writer. She gladly leaves behind her annoying mother and the social hierarchy of high school. Sam is a budding filmmaker living above the coffee shop where he works. He has no money, little family and a messy relationship with his ex. When Penny and Sam meet, they realize how good they are for each other, but are leery of a real relationship, so they stick to texting. At least this way they have an emergency contact without messy in-person interaction.