When pilot Peter Brent (Leslie Nielsen) crashes a small airplane in a swamp near the houseboat of Tambrey "Tammy" Tyree (Debbie Reynolds) in Mississippi, Tammy takes it upon herself to nurse him back to health. While caring for him, she falls in love. To show his gratitude, Brent agrees to take Tammy to his home when her grandfather is arrested for bootlegging. Living in a new town, Tammy struggles to impress Brent's family and friends. And Brent soon realizes he's falling in love with Tammy.