It was 1967 at Indiana University when Jana St. James, then eighteen years old, met graduate student Robert Waller at a campus coffeehouse where he was playing his guitar. At first what they shared was an innocent friendship and a simple love of guitar music. But then their love blossomed into something neither of them ever imagined possible. For the next ten months, the lovers were swept away by their overwhelming feelings for each other despite Waller's seven-year marriage. In 1993, nearly twenty-six years after the affair ended, St. James curled up on the couch in her cozy Southern California home to read The Bridges of Madison County, the new book by her dear friend. It wasn't long before she experienced a shortness of breath and a relentless ache remembering emotions she had fought so hard to forget. Why were there so many similarities...were the memories still alive for him, too? Now, St. James has come forward to tell her side of the story of an impossible love...from the innocent phases of friendship through gentle afternoons as lovers, and ultimately to the heart-wrenching yet inevitable end of their relationship. Was The Bridges of Madison County inspired by Waller's romance with St. James? "Perhaps," she says with a quiet smile. "Who can say where the imagination begins and reality ends?" Long before Robert James Waller wrote The Bridges of Madison County, he had an affair with a college student named Jana St. James in Bloomington, Indiana. Now, more than a quarter of a century later, St. James chronicles the story of an impossible love and the inward despair that nearly destroyed her life. Soon to be a major CBS TV Movie of the Week.