Laura Nightingale has a happy home life but her parents are unsympathetic of her ambition to become an actress. When war comes, she seizes her chance and joins up with ENSA. On the rebound from the devastating news that her childhood sweetheart is missing believed killed in action, she begins a disastrous affair with Max Higham, the director of her troupe. When she discovers she's pregnant, Max rejects her and she is forced to leave ENSA, but she knows she cannot return home in disgrace. Under a cloud of misery, she begins a long journey back to happiness.