An almost universal occurrence takes place when people’s lives reach a midpoint. They look back at what they’ve done and what they haven’t. They begin asking themselves questions. Have they led the lives they dreamed of living? Given the chance, would they change the past? Given the chance, would they plot a new course for the future? Given the chance, would they be willing to toss their security blankets aside and venture into the unknown?
The Will is about such a person, Guy Treadwell, a man wallowing in mediocrity. He could be any man, or woman. He is about to turn forty and sees his life as tortuously uneventful, but is lost in apathy. He recognizes the need for change but is discouraged by previous failures to take the risks needed to send his life in a new direction.
The average person, like Guy, is the victim of a ritualistic lifestyle. Man is a creature of habit and not easily persuaded to depart from comfort zones. Luckily for some, unforeseeable things happen that force change: death, divorce, economic disaster, a lottery ticket worth millions, and so on. Guy’s unpredictable occurrence is a phone call. On the other end of the line is a lawyer who informs Guy Treadwell that he is the designee of a previously unknown relative’s will. This relative suffers from a terminal illness. However, there are stipulations. If Guy does not conform to these stipulations, he will forfeit the inheritance. In other words, change is not going to be an easy thing to manage. He must do his part and do it right. Will he be able to hold up his end of the bargain? Two old women, a pretty nurse, and a host of other people who mean well put him to the test.