Musician Nora Graham intends to devote her life to her art. When she meets a sixth-grade classmate, the result of a summons for jury duty, Nora believes her interest is only in how Willy Wade, a needy freckle-faced boy, became Bill Wade, a handsome attorney. She begins to question her career decision while on a European concert tour when the symphony conductor expects more from her than playing the piano.
Attorney Bill Wade grew up on the wrong side of the tracks. Raised by a grandmother, he compensated for his unfortunate childhood by being smart, a characteristic his classmates disliked. When he meets Nora Graham, he shares with her that he became an attorney because their sixth-grade teacher helped send him to law school. Despite his achievements and attraction to Nora, he is unable to forget that she once knew him as Silly Willy Wade.