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Young Robert Gordon, who is attending a Catholic academy, goes home when his father remarries. He falls in love with his stepsister, a divorced woman ten years his senior, and abandons his plans to enter the priesthood. After spending a happy summer with his stepsister, Robert returns to school and has an affair with a nightclub singer. The next summer reunites Robert and his stepsister, but he realizes their relationship is wrong. After joining the RAF and being wounded in action, Robert returns to the academy and decides to become a priest.