Young love, but not so very young, for Steve is a Marine officer, at a New Zealand rest camp after two years in the Pacific,- the girl, a New Zealander, whose husband has been missing for two years. In spite of themselves, they fall in love, but for her there was a conviction that her husband would be found and that she was not a free agent; for him, the desire to have their love recognized, legalized. The husband is found, a victim of ""shock fatigue"", and needing Leslie. Steve's faith is not enough, and he concedes defeat under the pressure of the circumstances, and Leslie's loyalty to her husband. An unsentimentalized version of a situation that occurred many times under the stress of war separation and tension. More mature than its predecessors.