A beautiful young governess keeps a family from destroying itself in this sensitive, affectionate drama, Emilie Gallatin, a gentle and affectionate foreign girl, comes into an American home to serve as the governess for Adam's four sons. Her devotion and innate strength see the family through the death of Adam's wife and the financial failure of his business. The family is nearly torn apart when one of the boys marries Hester. Emilie learns of the hatred and jealousy the new bride is causing through her infidelity, and attempts to enlighten the rest of the family - an effort that nearly results in Emilie's discharge. Adam, however, finally realizes how right Emilie has been, and together they discover the love that has grown between them over the years.
Bergman--in her second American film--gives a warm, touching performance as Emilie Gallatin, a governess who has been hired as a nanny by the wealthy Adam and Molly Stoppard. When Molly passes away, Adam and the four sons begin to depend on Emilie in deeper ways than they had originally intended. As the boys mature and no longer need Emilie's support, Adam insists that she remain in their home as an important member of their family. She leaves, due to reasons of economics, and discovers trouble upon her return, in the form of a daughter-in-law to-be, Hester, who is obviously nothing more than a heartless gold-digger.