A year in Europe brings its rewards to young Blythe Moreland who comes to Paris to study sculpturing. The atmosphere of friendliness and inspiration in M. Pierre's studio is stimulating to both Blythe and Jim McGill, a war veteran who plans to make sculpturing his life work. But as their classes progress during the first summer, Blythe hears from a college professor at home who wants her to deliver some presents to his family in Salzburg. She goes- the visit lasts longer than she expects and as Blythe gets to know the Langs she sees into the professor's intent of having at least one American know the Austrians a little better and vice versa. It is Conrad Lang, Anne's contemporary who proves most intolerant but who later presents a threat to Jim's intentions when Blythe has returned to Paris. But it is an unintended threat and Jim and Blythe find their future as artists together. Substantial.