Miles Halter, a newcomer at Culver Creek Boarding School, is in pursuit of 'the great perhaps.' Immediately taken by the ever-alluring Alaska Young, Miles is smitten with the girl. Though Alaska appears to lead a rosy life, Miles soon comes to realize that she is not without her complications. Impossibly beautiful yet irreparably damaged, Alaska becomes all the more enigmatic. Miles receives a lot more than he bargained for as he attempts to piece together the puzzle that is Alaska's life.