Maeve O'Donovan has arrived in Edinburgh from County Cork, trying to forget her unrequited love for the man who has since married her cousin.
However, life in a strange city is at first difficult and Maeve is shocked when she encounters prejudice against her Irish roots.
When she loses her job as a maid, she is delighted to find a job as an assistant in the wardrobe department of the Queen's Theatre.
It's a new and exciting world for Maeve - not least because she finds herself attracted to the brooding Harry Alpin, a theatre lighting man who harbours a desire to act.
However, will his prejudiced family ever to be willing to accept an Irish girl as Harry's bride?