Betsy and Bill want to marry, but her mother opposes the match. Betsy’s Uncle Jim tells them the story of a young man who found out his girlfriend loved another; in the end all three of them separated, unhappily. After Betsy and Bill leave, Jim finishes the story: he was the first young man, who then told Ruth that she should go after the man she really loved. Ruth was Jim’s girlfriend, and she married his brother: Betsy is their daughter.
Penny Martin; Pat Martin; Mrs. Martin; Gene; Bob; Josh Stronge
Penny’s mother, a former actress, pushes her daughters Pat and Penny into show business. Penny loves Gene but her mother’s strict regimen harms their relationship. Pat’s romance with Bob was similarly destroyed. Penny deliberately fails an audition, tells off her mother, and leaves with Gene.
Faith Johnson; Charley; Paul Kiner; Mr. Kiner; Mrs. Kiner; Paul Jr.; Patsy
Famous model Faith goes on a bond-selling tour with Korean War ace pilot Paul. They fall in love and get secretly married, but Paul is sent back into action and is killed. Faith has twins and leaves them with Paul’s parents, anonymously, to avoid scandal. She takes a job as their nursemaid but eventually decides to leave, for their sake. Paul’s parents tell Faith they knew the truth all the time and insist that she stay.
Lynn and Ruth run a travel agency. Ruth books wealthy Tad a vacation at Golden Acres, and suggests Lynn go there as well. Posing as a rich guest, Lynn meets Tad and they fall in love but he doesn’t propose marriage. When Lynn gets back to the agency, she meets the real Tad: he says he sent one of his employees, Josh, to the resort in his place. Lynn and Josh are reunited, now aware that neither of them is rich...but it doesn’t matter.
Belinda Sauer; Mrs. Sauer; Dr. Lindsey; Charlie; Jimmy; Ken; Linda
Unattractive Belinda is advised by her psychiatrist to forget about her troubles by volunteering at a veterans’ hospital. She enjoys the work and is accepted by the patients. She spends time with blind veteran Ken and they become friends. Ken's girlfriend Linda has found someone else. An operation restores Ken’s sight and he tells Belinda that she is beautiful to him, because he loves her.