Eilis Lacey is a shrinking violet in Enniscorthy. Thanks to her older sister Rose, she secures a one-way ticket to a brighter future in New York. Eilis' homesickness gradually fades and she excels as a salesgirl at a department store under stylish floor manager Miss Fortini. She also sparks a tender romance with a handsome plumber called Tony. The lovebirds marry in secret, but when Eilis returns home to Enniscorthy, local boy Jim Farrell unexpectedly turns her head.