Another easy-over-in-the-clover Coffman romance, with storms of passion taking place within one familial teapot. Here the two women involved with the same man in the post-bellum South are mother Maggilee (red-haired, lusty) and daughter Ellen (a cool blonde). Ellen has always resented Maggilee for out-flaming her with suitors, while Maggilee's devotion had been reserved for Ellen and for her dress shop (its profits have saved the old homestead). Then, from out West, into town rides Captain Bill. Bill courts Ellen, but his sexual pitch matches Maggilee's; each of these meadow-larkers is unaware of the other's relationship to Ellen! The awful truth crimps everyone's life style, and when Maggilee becomes pregnant, naturally wedding plans for Bill and Ellen are blasted. Bill and Maggilee marry and flee, only to return for Ellen's wedding to a kindly old neighbor. Several conflagrations later--a real fire, verbal blowups, the revelation of a dreadful family secret, and the fortuitous death of Ellen's husband--the hornet's nest returns to a gentle hum, and Ellen finds both her man and a way back to Mom. Coffman manipulates the silly givens of marketable romance, peopled by women ""betrayed by their bodies,"" with considerable ingenuity and a congenial pace.