Cooper stars as a troubled writer (reportedly modeled after F. Scott Fitzgerald) whose latest manuscript fails to impress. On the advice of his publisher, he retreats to a Connecticut farmhouse with his devoted wife, Vinson, where he hopes to get back in touch with his roots as a writer.
He soon meets a Polish farm girl, Sten, and is enthralled by her simple ways and philosophies. Their talks become more frequent, and, when Vinson complains of the confines of the country, Cooper suggests that she return home to New York City for a while. Cooper becomes increasingly interested in
Sten and decides to use her and her heritage as the basis of his new novel. He then lea...