A troubled first year of romance ends happily as Lynn Aherne and Jeff Conshay, both used to easy lives, learn to adjust and cope with a few hard knocks. From families who have lived attractive suburban lives near New York City, Lynn and Jeff fall in love at first sight and get engaged over their first dinner together. They have jobs and are aware of social responsibilities but only to some degree. Mr. Aherne's illness, bringing near bankruptcy for the family, thrown marriage plans out of the question for awhile. In the beginning Lynn's and Jeff's weaknesses- their impatience and their intolerance of others- comes to the fore but as they realize they must work it out the hard way, their view of other people is softened by understanding. A side plot and minor mystery brings a monetary reward too.