Back Street: Ambitious but thwarted, Rae Smith meets handsome Marine Paul Saxon, (of the Saxon department store chain), as he passes through Lincoln, Nebraska, on his way home from World War II. Theres a definite spark between them but circumstances intervene and he leaves town without her. Later she learns hes married. Determined to make it as a fashion designer, Rae moves to New York and becomes a great success. One day she happens to meet Paul again and again theres that spark but hes still married so, as a form of escape, Rae moves to Rome to set up shop. Once again she meets Paul and finally they begin an actual affair since Pauls shrewish, drunken wife, Liz, wont give him a divorce. Time passes, the affair continues whenever time and place permit, but then, Pauls young son finds out about Rae and Raes back-street world begins to crumble.