This is the story of Cornelia and her family. Cornelia has been sent away to college and while in school, she has been sheltered from the illness and poverty that have plagued the rest of her family. When circumstances require her to return to her home, she is shocked by the reality facing her. Her mother is in the hospital, her father has been reduced to take a menial low paying job and her elder brother is drinking and smoking cigarettes! Overwhelmed by the daunting tasks ahead, Cornelia initially reacts with selfish disdain, but in true GLH fashion, she rises to the occasion. She takes a firm hand in bringing beauty back into the lives of those who mean the most to her. She does this by cleaning the house from top to bottom, restoring the pantry and setting elegant tables for dinner. A quiet unassuming heroine, Cornelia breathes new life into her family and as she does; she of course draws the attention of a wealthy young suitor.