In a New England town, the arrival of enigmatic drifter Anna Moore (Rochelle Hudson) disrupts the household of squire Amasa Bartlett (Russell Simpson). Anna, the daughter of a friend of Bartlett's wife, requests work and promises the righteous squire that she has always tried to lead a good life. Soon after her arrival, Bartlett's son, David (Henry Fonda), grows attracted to Anna. But when neighbor Lennox Sanderson (Edward Trevor) and another townswoman recognize Anna, it threatens to ruin her.
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