Ruby can’t decide whether to marry “romantic” Ted or “wonderful” Dirk. She goes on a picnic with them both; a storm capsizes their sailboat and Dirk has to choose between rescuing Ted or Ruby. He saves Ruby. Ted is apparently drowned, although his body isn’t found. Ruby weds Dirk, who’s then inducted into the Army. Ted returns, having just recovered from amnesia. Dirk catches him kissing Ruby and is angry, but when he learns Ted didn’t know they were married, he forgives them both.
Joan falls in love with dance teacher Pedro and travels with him to Central America as his partner. Once they arrive, he admits “marriage wouldn’t fit my temperament!” and claims they only had a “business arrangement!” Joan goes home and hopes to someday “be able to tell the difference between an illusion of love and the real thing...”
Gerald "Jerry" Baker; Dr. April Webster; Joe; Dr. Les Warren
April “vowed to renounce love” when she became a doctor. Fellow doctor Les pursues her but she rejects his romantic “foolishness.” Jerry is brought in suffering from a serious tropical fever he contracted while in the Army. April tries to reinstill a will to live in him and they fall in love. Les says Jerry has only months to live; Jerry threatens to commit suicide. April tells Jerry that they will make the most of their time together.
Jean and her friend Susan both have crushes on handsome actor Dexter when he makes a personal appearance in their town. They compete for his affections but Jean seems to have the inside track, and dumps her hometown boyfriend Tom. But when Jean learns Dexter is married and their affair was “just for laughs,” Jean apologizes to Susan and reconciles with Tom.