After becoming gravely ill with pneumonia, Jean-Do learns that his book is a success.
Jean-Do recalls the events leading up to his stroke.
Jean-Do receives a telephone call from his father.
Jean-Do ponders the limits and opportunities of writing.
Jean-Do imagines a romantic evening out with his writing partner, Claude.
Jean-Do visits his elderly father, who is unable to leave his apartment, and gives him a shave.
As Bauby begins to narrate his autobiography, his words simultaneously conjure up the past and present of the Naval Hospital in Berck-sur-Mer, including its former tuberculosis patients and the dancer Nijinsky.
Bauby finds a way to free himself of the diving bell by embracing his own imagination and memories.
Bauby receives a visit from a friend, Pierre Roussin, who spent several years as a hostage in Beirut after Bauby gave him his own seat on a plane that would then be hijacked.
Bauby learns a new system of communication and communicates his first word, "I".
A loss of function leads doctors to suture one of Bauby's eyes.
Magazine editor Jean-Dominique (Jean-Do) Bauby awakes from a coma to find himself suffering from locked-in syndrome in a hospital in Berck-sur-Mer, France.