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Tom, an unpredictable 18-year-old high school drop-out, is in love with Ann, a 16-year-old Japanese-American girl; but Ann's conservative parents and Tom's father, a middle-aged San Pedro fisherman, both object to the relationship. Despite these objections, the couple are happy together. While walking in the local park, playing hide-and-seek and taking photographs of each other, the two are spotted by Ann's mother, who chastises Ann when she returns home. The following afternoon, Tom takes Ann to a deserted warehouse that belongs to his father, and they decide to make it their home. At Christmas, Tom gives Ann a double bed, and the couple make love. Returning home the following morning, Ann finds that her parents have reported her disappearance to the police, but she convinces them that she spent the night in the attic of her parents' home. In the meantime, Tom's father has discovered the identity of his son's lover and reprimands him. The couple hitchhike to the country and shock a family of tourists with their nude bathing. Upon returning to the city, they discover that their warehouse retreat has been vandalized. Ann breaks down and cries, and Tom tries to console her with a promise of marriage.