Young love that lasts through the years is the basis of this novel set in Russia. Yuri Zhivago is a young published poet and successful doctor who meets and falls in love with a young girl named Lara. She is not interested in him, and he eventually married a woman named Tonya. After a few years of marriage, World War I breaks out. Yuri is sent to man an army hospital where he again runs into Lara who works there as a nurse.
Yuri's love for Lara is still fresh in his heart. As the time passes, Lara comes to love him as well. Rather than ruin their lives and shame their families, the two restrain themselves and remain true to their spouses. After that war, they will meet yet again before the end.