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When foreign correspondent Carey Jackson returns to New York, he learns that his newspaper's Vienna office is being closed and that he is out of a job. The magazine's managing editor, Carleton Towne, offers him a substitute job on Home Life , a women's magazine owned by the same company, but Carey is not interested until he discovers that he would be working for editor Linda Gilman, with whom he was once in love. When Carey breaks the news to Linda, however, she refuses to hire him because she is still angry at him for leaving her three years earlier. They agree to talk matters over at dinner, and later, Carey unsuccessfully tries to rekindle their romance. Linda finally agrees to hire Carey on the condition that he will not think of her as a woman. The next morning, Carey and Linda leave for the Brinker home in Crestville, Indiana, where they are to set up a feature on the wedding of Jeanne Brinker, the eldest daughter, to Bud Mitchell. Although the feature will run in June, the magazine's deadline dictates that the wedding take place in March, so Linda's staff follows Carey and Linda a few days later to modernize the Mckinley-era decor of the Brinker house and make over the Brinkers, as well. Linda wants Carey to write a simple story of young love, but Carey keeps looking for an "angle." He believes that he has found it when he talks to Barbara, the younger daughter, who is known as Boo. Boo reveals that she has always been in love with Bud, but when Jeanne's former boyfriend Jim, Bud's older brother, joined the Army, Jeanne, who cannot stand to be without a man, made a play for Bud and is now going to marry him. Carey suggests that they ask an officer whom he knows to order Jim home for the wedding, but then thinks better of it, knowing that Linda will fire him if the wedding does not take place. Boo, however, secretly telephones Carey's friend and arranges for Jim to come home. Meanwhile, Carey gets extremely drunk on Mr. Brinker's cider, and during a sleigh ride, reconciles with Linda. When Jim arrives, an astonished Carey tries to get rid of him, but unaware of Boo's manipulations, Linda intervenes. Once they are back together, Jim and Jeanne elope. Carey tries to convince Linda that she now has an even better story, but before he can tell her about Boo and Bud, she fires him and adds that their relationship is also finished. When Boo complains to Carey that Bud still thinks of her as a little girl, he advises her to have the magazine's dress designer, Paula Winthrop, fit one of Jeanne's dresses on her. Carey then pretends to be interested in Boo in order to make Bud jealous, and soon Bud proposes to Boo. Having written their story, Carey returns to New York. In the excitement of the new wedding, Linda does not notice his departure, and when she later reads his story, she understands that he always knew the truth about the two couples. After the June issue is mocked up, Linda gives Towne her notice and then announces that she plans to go after Carey, not realizing that he is sitting in Towne's office and has heard every word. The couple is reconciled when Linda offers to follow Carey to Europe, toting his suitcases.