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In London on VE Day, 7 May 1945, Clive Heath, a wartime documentary filmmaker, meets ex-prisoner of war Joan Clews at the women's army barracks where his daughter Sheila is stationed. Sheila arranges a date between Joan, who is separated from her husband, and the widowed Clive but his car breaks down while they are out. Near the mechanics' garage, a drunken soldier mistakes Joan for his sweetheart, and she kisses him in memory of his lost girl friend. Joan then goes home with Clive and they fall in love. Later, he tells her about his missing son Michael, a pilot whose airplane was shot down over Burma three years earlier. Clive assumes Michael is dead, but then receives word that he has just been discovered in a Burma jail. Clive finds his son transformed--a cripple without a leg, and greatly changed in spirit--but Joan assures him that former prisoners of war need time to adjust to civilian life. Following a beach holiday, Clive and Joan announce their engagement to his children, and she moves into his house to await the settlement of her divorce. Although Michael is unable to communicate his traumatic experiences to his father, he is quite comfortable sharing his feelings with the understanding Joan. One night, she introduces Reney and Geraldine, two of her fellow prisoners, to Michael, and for the first time, his loneliness begins to wane. He later confesses, however, that it was Joan, not her friends, who brought him back to life, and that he is in love with her. When she offers to leave the house, he begs her to stay. One rainy afternoon, they meet by chance at a concert and after arriving home together, Michael tells Joan that he was married in Malaya, but his wife Ala and child were killed by Japanese soldiers who came in search of him. In sympathy, Joan kisses Michael and is caught by Clive, who accuses them of betraying him. Joan breaks the engagement and moves in with Geraldine. Through Archie, a soldier who was in Malaya with Michael, Joan learns that Michael blames himself for the death of his wife and child. Clive, meanwhile, arranges a job for himself overseas with Iverson, a filmmaker he and Joan met on holiday. Joan confronts Michael at home, warning him about how selfish love can be, but he pulls out a gun just as Clive arrives and announces his departure for South Africa. Shaken by Clive's appearance, Michael drops the gun and promises his father he will make something of himself. Joan then kisses Michael for Ala.