What a synopsis is, is a summary. Synopses typically outline the basic plot of a film. For example, a synopsis of the film Titanic might read: ‘A young woman named Rose, forced into an engagement with a man she does not love because of her family’s impoverishment, sails on the ill-fated Titanic. On board, she meets a young American artist, Jack, who encourages her to live adventurously, unbound by the rules of her social class. Jack drowns when the Titanic sinks, but his influence over Rose causes her to escape from her fiance and mother, and go on to live a life free from social convention.