This film is loosely based on the classic movie "The shop around the corner". Meg Ryan owns a small bookshop by the same name. Her business begins to fail when a new superbookstore "Fox Books" opens up offering people discounts and more variety. She meets and detests the owner of the bookstore; Joe Fox (Tom Hanks) and the two begin a relationship that has nothing but cutting comments and jibes to each other. However, she does not know that he is the person she has been emailing recently and becoming a good friend of. He becomes aware of it before she does and the fun begins.