Teresa Russo (Pier Angeli) is a beautiful young girl living in an Italian village during World War II. Unable to find a suitor since most of the local boys have been killed, she is delighted when American soldiers arrive. One of them, Philip (John Ericson), wins her over with his kindness. After Philip and Teresa wed, he brings her back to America, and she begins to learn her new husband is emotionally unstable. Teresa also has to contend with Philip's overbearing mother (Patricia Collinge).