A young orphaned boy, Jim, is sent to live with his strict grandparents on their farm. It is here that he meets the daughter of a neighbouring farmer, Antonia, and they become firm friends. But as they grow older they find themselves drifting apart. She and her family are facing poverty and prejudice, whereas he is moving into town to further his education and sophistication. They both realise that they must forget their childhood dreams, but Jim is unable to forget Antonia.