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In 1927, Cicely Hunt is so head-over-heels in love with Christopher Tyler that she marries him in New York instead of returning to college. To make ends meet, Chris's friend, Tommy Abbott, helps Cicely find an acting job, while Chris works as a small-time journalist. Chris's joy at obtaining a management job at his newspaper's office in Rome is dampened because Cicely refuses to go with him, preferring to stay in New York to pursue her theatrical career. After he leaves, she confides in Tommy that she is pregnant, and did not want her condition to interfere with Chris's career. Months later, Chris loses his job because he leaves Europe when Tommy wires him of his wife's childbirth, instead of turning in an article on a serious political situation in Italy. In New York, he discovers he has a son named Kit, but becomes dejected when he can only find work at a lowly city news bureau. Cicely accepts Tommy's offer of a three hundred dollar loan and a part in a theater production. Chris becomes more depressed when Cicely tells him of her prospective employment, so she goes to see his former managing editor, Frank Carteret, and convinces him to offer Chris another position, even though it means he will be posted in Russia. Through the years, Chris becomes a noted journalist and Cicely becomes an acclaimed actress, but they become estranged from one another because of the long absences. One year after a brief visit from Chris, Tommy confesses to Cicely that he has always loved her, and would like her to divorce Chris and marry him. Although she is deeply fond of Tommy, Cicely is unable to let go of Chris in her heart, and vows she will wait for him, no matter how long it takes for them to be together. Unknown to Cicely, Chris has been diagnosed with a fatal disease and has resigned from his work and is living at a sanitarium in Switzerland. While Kit stays with Tommy in California, Cicely meets Chris in St. Anton, Switzerland. Chris lies and says that she should divorce him, as there are many days when she is not in his thoughts. Cicely is heartbroken, but still proposes they spend three days together. Chris secretly checks out of the hotel and boards a train for the sanitarium, but Cicely finds him and draws the truth out of him--that he is dying and has always loved her. They embrace and depart together on the train.