Meet Sam, the straitlaced computer-science major from Brigham Young University. And then meet Charly, the sparkling, quick-witted girl who steps into his world and turns it upside down. Their courtship is a never-ending round of ups and downs- literally. On their first date Charly tricks Sam into taking a Ferris wheel ride, then tells the operator theyre engaged! All of this seems to be a little more than Sam can cope with. But he gradually comes to appreciate Charlys point of view. From the girl who loves to laugh, he learns to do the same. He finds out for the first time what its like to be really alive. Charly is a story of joy and spontaneity, learning and loving, and, most of all, growing.