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I know this synopsis is a little on the long side, but I had a full request that asked for a longer one and wanted some feedback before I sent that. Still, if it would work better to remove some parts and shrink it, it'd help me out later.
ALEX CARMICHAEL (POV) thought his job at Suncrest Adult Family Home wouldn’t last long. But 30 years later, it’s too late for the coarse Scottish immigrant to move on, because today is his last day to live.
Each chapter progresses a little further into Alex’s last day as he thinks about the failures and regrets of his life and tries to leave a legacy behind, then transitions to the past where Alex discovers that the home is a day behind the rest of the world—when it’s Wednesday outside it’s Tuesday inside—and anything brought inside shifts back 24 hours as long as it stays inside; even the dead come back to life. However, it comes with restrictions such as physical changes not reverting back and the phenomenon waiting to take effect until no one is watching.
Knowing this power would be reserved for the rich and powerful or abused by the government, Alex vows to keep it secret from everyone except his most trusted colleagues, including ABRI MERWE, a compassionate nurse and immigrant from South Africa that Alex had a crush on from the moment he interviewed her. Abri’s first thought after Alex shows her the truth about Suncrest is how to use the place to help people, so the two decide to use it to give people at the local hospital one last day to say goodbye to friends and family.
While Abri is satisfied giving people this second chance to end things right, Alex agreed to the idea so he could learn more about how Suncrest works in the hope that he could find a way to circumvent the restrictions. His top priority is finding someone that suddenly dies in 24 hours so he can bring them back to before the event ever happened, but with gunshots and accidents ruled out, Alex draws a blank on finding anyone nearby with an obscure disease that’s contracted and kills the patient all in under a day.
As more people get this extra day, Alex struggles to keep Suncrest’s power a secret, and does things to protect it he never would have considered before. When a caregiver’s negligence results in a resident’s death, Alex doesn’t report to keep the spotlight away. He also cruelly shames Suncrest’s kind-hearted owner TIM CARUSO into removing the facility’s cameras he put up for resident safety, making his boss slink away dejectedly.
Thinking about all these things nearly draws Alex into ending his last day early, until he remembers all of the people he—or rather, Abri—helped, such as a gruff father who reconciles with his estranged daughter, a young girl that wanted her bickering, divorced parents to stop fighting for one day, and even a resident of the senior home itself whose extreme dementia mysteriously vanished during her revival.
Eventually, Alex and his team realize that the kind of person they’ve been searching for dies every day in hospitals all around the world; drug overdoses. Immediately, they bring inside a young girl that killed herself, hoping to take her back to a time before she ever took the pills. When she lives days beyond her original time of death, Alex thinks he’s found a grand purpose for Suncrest; that is until she steps outside in front of Caruso and falls dead again. To the team’s surprise, when the girl is brought back inside she goes back to one day behind the rest of the world again, not to how she was back in Suncrest, so stays dead.
Abri takes the tragedy as a warning not to abuse the miracle they already have. She reminds everyone how they saw a resident’s dementia vanish and could hear her clear account firsthand and convinces them to focus Suncrest on memory care studies instead. Outnumbered, Alex vents to Caruso, the one person on his side—someone who always seems to be on his side—and tells him that he thinks they were so close and with another chance, he could figure it out. Alex doesn’t realize the impact his words have on Caruso until the owner steps outside and claims that his life can finally be worth something. Realizing what this means, Alex tries to stop Caruso’s suicide, but is accidentally killed in the struggle. When Alex wakes up again, Caruso confesses that he can’t live with the guilt of killing the person he cares for most and ends his own life in a way he can’t be revived.
Alex knows this will be his last day, so he immediately calls up his friends to tell them what happened, expecting to get a hero’s farewell as he spends his last day with them. But when some of the things he did to protect Suncrest accidentally slip out—much more than failing to report negligence—the betrayed team leaves him to die alone. Last to leave is Abri, whose usual compassion and kindness is replaced by a cold indifference, causing Alex more pain than any physical torment ever could.
With his last day drawing to a close and having lost everything to protect Suncrest and learn its unsolved secret, Alex decides to burn it down instead in a selfish attempt to end the phenomenon. Knowing that leaving the building will kill him, Alex looks back at the burning building and steps outside in one final act of defiance, ending his life on his own time.