A serious, quiet young college student in Tokyo - Toru, is devoted to Naoko, a beautiful and introspective young woman. Their mutual passion is marked by the tragic death of their best friend many years back. Toru begins to adapt to campus life and the loneliness and isolation he faces there. But Naoko finds the pressures and responsibilities of life unbearable and painful. Norwegian Wood is the story of Naoko who retreats further into her own world, and Toru who is drawn to a fiercely independent young woman.