1850年，南太平洋，美國公證人亞當·尤因（吉姆·斯特吉斯 Jim Sturgess 飾）在船上被不明寄生蟲病折磨，他用日記記錄下自己所見所聞；1931年，蘇格蘭，落魄青年羅伯特·弗羅比舍（本·衛肖 Ben Whishaw 飾）為音樂大師記錄曲譜，受到半本旅行日記的啟發創作出了恢宏壯闊的《云圖六重奏》；1975年，美國加州，小報記者路易莎·雷（哈莉·貝瑞 Halle Berry 飾）冒著生命危險調查一樁核電站丑聞，在老唱片店她被一首不知名的樂章打動……選段中，電影中的兩個主角Luisa和Rufus在電梯里相遇了……
A Guy：Luisa, wa-wait, c'mon, c'mon, I'm telling you,?I'm telling ya baby, you can't leave me. It's a...you know, it's a past life thing or a future life thing,?but ya know, it's you and me...
Luisa：Look. For the last hour, all I could think about was?throwing you off your balcony.
A Guy：I mean, who the hell do you think you are??You write a bullshit column for a fuckin' rag.
Luisa：Elevator!?Thank you.?Nice to know the age of chivalry isn't dead.?
Rufus：No bones broken, I think.
Luisa：Wait, wait. No, no. You sit... you sit, you sit. Let me see.?Great. Power outage.?Perfect end to a perfect day.
Rufus：Still glad the age of chivalry isn't dead?
Luisa：I still rather be right here than back up there.
Rufus：Guess Mr. Ganga isn't everyone's cup of tea.
Luisa：Guys like that are just an occupational hazard.
Rufus：You were interviewing him?
Luisa：Yeah, for Spyglass Magazine.?Luisa Rey.
Rufus：Rufus Sixsmith.?Rey...?You wouldn't happen to be related?to the journalist, Lester Rey?
Luisa：Yeah. He was my father.
Rufus：Really? He must have been enormously proud of you,?following in his footsteps.
Rufus：That's her, my niece, Megan.
Rufus：Born physicist, with a better mind for mathematics?than I ever had.?Did her PhD at cambridge, a woman at Caius.?Gives you hope for?the world.
Luisa：It's hot.?And we're still here.
Rufus：That's a very peculiar birthmark.
Luisa：Yeah, my little comet.?My mother swore it was cancer.?She wanted me to get it removed, but?I don't know, I kinda like it.
Rufus：I knew someone who had a birthmark that was?similar to that.
Luisa：Really??Who was it?
Rufus：Someone I cared about very much.?A, uh... A hypothetical question for you, Miss Rey.?As a journalist,?what price would you pay to protect a source?
Luisa：If it came to that... yes.
Rufus：Would you be prepared to?compromise your safety?
Rufus：Taxi!?You sure you don't need a cab?
Luisa：No, I've got my car.?Well, you know, if... there's ever something I can do for you,?please give me a call.
Rufus：Thank you, I will.