Hazel is 16. She is obsessed with America’s Next Top Model and the novel An Imperial Affliction by reclusive Dutch author Peter Van Houten. Augustus is 17. He is smart, has a dark sense of humor and is hot. But most importantly, he is interested in Hazel.
They meet in a church basement during a cancer survivor support group. She has stage IV thyroid cancer which has spread to her lungs. She survives by taking a miracle drug and with the aid of an oxygen tank. He has lost a leg to osteosarcoma, a type of bone cancer.
They start spending all of their time together. They watch movies, play video games, and ponder the ultimate questions of life and death, poetry and Natalie Portman movies. And they fall in love.
In a grand gesture, Augustus decides to use his Make a Wish grant to send him and Hazel to Amsterdam to meet Peter van Houten. Along the way, they struggle to deal with the implications of being in love and facing the inevitable.