When Mrs. Fenton tells her sixteen-year-old daughter, MArianne, that she's rented the upstairs room to a blind man, feisty and independent MArianne wants no part of him. But when Abe turns out to be a young, attractive musician, Marianne gladly goes out of her way to help him cook and shop, and he in turn gives her piano lessons. As they come to know and understand each other. Marianne learns what it's like to fall in love for the first time. Suddenly she's the center of attention among her classmates. But her mother, fearing Abe and Marianne's closeness, announces a plan that forces Marianne into a crucial choice between those she loves.