Two kids (Badham and Provost) are sitting at a railway station. In flashback, Badham relates to her companion the sordid tale of her much admired, deceased sister. In a Depression-ravaged town in rural Mississippi, Reid runs a boarding house. Her daughter, Wood, is a beautiful young girl
madly in love with Redford, a stranger from New Orleans staying at the house. He's in town to lay off some railroad workers but is beaten up by five of them. He plans to leave town after this and take Wood with him. However, Reid fools Redford into thinking that Wood is engaged to Harding, a
wealthy middle-aged man Reid would prefer her daughter marry, and Redford leaves without th...