A retired actress lets her housekeeper's two older sisters live with her. She learns too late that the sisters are lunatics, and she's horrified to find out that they are involved in blackmail and murder.
Milt Shanks is an Illinois man who brings disgrace to his wife and son by joining the Copperheads. This is a group of residents in Northern states who are sympathetic to the South and refuse to go to war against them. His real reasons are revealed later.
Nora Helmer has years earlier committed a forgery in order to save the life of her authoritarian husband Torvald. Now she is being blackmailed lives in fear of her husband's finding out and of the shame such a revelation would bring to his career. But when the truth comes out, Nora is shocked to learn where she really stands in her husband's esteem.
An elderly woman in the Irish town of Innish has been dividing her time between the homes of her two married brothers. Things change greatly when she becomes rich thanks to winning a national crossword puzzle game.
Macbeth, the Thane of Glamis, receives a prophecy from a trio of witches that one day he will become King of Scotland. Consumed by ambition and spurred to action by his wife, Macbeth murders his king and takes the throne for himself.
A stockbroker with integrity struggles on his modest wages rather than cheat investors with the worthless oil stock sold by his company. His neighbor with few standards, however, soon becomes rich. Later in life, the stockbroker's son finds himself at an ethical crossroads and decides to take the high road as his father did.
After doing some research on her own, the wife of a college president decides that her husband is unhappy in his work. She begins to encourage him to make changes and gets timely assistance by a front-page newspaper story.
Don Richie, an Air Force captain who is shot down over Germany during World War II, returns in spirit form to comfort his grieving family. He discovers that his wife, mother, father, and son remember him in different ways. At first, he is unable to "get through" to them, but then the family believes that whenever "the wind is ninety" or from the East, Don will be with them in spirit.
Jeannie is a 31-year-old woman who has lived an isolated life, having never traveled outside of her small Scottish town. When she comes into an inheritance, she sets sail for Europe, falls in love with a good man and a gold-digging count.
Barry Judson is a kindly man who settles down with his niece for a well-earned retirement. His hobbies include designing planes, growing roses--and etchings of $50 bills. Local charities are happy to receive his cash donations, but the gang of criminals who move into town are not pleased with his counterfeiting.
Herbert and Marge Gage buy an old farmhouse in Connecticut and discover that two of the late owner's heirs have a legal right to live in the house. Soon after the Gages and their daughters move in, the Jonathan Rockwoods arrive to take advantage of their relative's will. Inevitable difficulties arise when two families live under one roof. A neighbor is expecting a child and has no one to attend to her needs. Mathilda Rockwood and Barbara Gage go to help until a nurse arrives. This incident leads the two families to iron out their problems.
In 1804, a widow who couldn't pay off her bills was auctioned off. One woman finds herself in such a predicament and searches desperately for a new husband. Finding no takes, she is placed on the auction block.
Studying art in Paris, Cherry Martin meets and marries a man, Evan Davies, an artist 15 years her senior. Matters become complicated when the couple goes to live with Cherry's mother in England, and Evan and her parent fall in love with one another.
Helen Hardy has toiled for twenty years by her husband's side on their farm. She holds out hope for a brighter future. When she gives birth to a daughter, she is determined that the child will have all the things she had done without.
The Crochets, a Cajun family who lives in the Louisiana bayou, are proud of the steps that they have salvaged from the river for their two-room shack which houses a family of eight. "The Commodore" is a lazy man who presumably earns his living as a ditch digger. Mrs. Crochet raises lilies in the swamp, hoping she will someday be able to sell them. They learn of the possibility of getting a larger home, one that will match their steps, if they can raise $60. They are sure of getting the money, but at the last minute their hopes are dashed when their sources prove ...
Three men are dispatched to west Africa on a search for diamonds. After finding a rich mine, they learn that the man who hired them plans on cheating them out of their share. To preserve their stake on the diamonds, the three draw to determine who will kill their boss.
Mr. Broxopp has become fabulously wealthy making Broxopp Beans for Babies, the most popular brand in England. Despite his riches, he is shunned by the "better people" of society. When his son becomes engaged to a wealthy, young society woman, the boy wants to change his name to something more dignified. Mr. Broxopp is pushed too far when he's asked to change his name to Sir Chillingham.
A hat comes flying through a young woman's window, followed quickly by its owner. The man is an author who's looking to hire a secretary. She's gets the job and soon is trying to transform his fiction into reality.
While on a cruise, an author becomes acquainted with a lovely young woman. Although nothing happens between them, the writer pens a story about their nonexistent romantic escapade. Upon reading the story, the woman believes that the author is married to an invalid wife and wishes to be rescued from his horrible life. She's more than happy to do that for him.
A young woman, Mary, is about to take her life at a British museum. Michael enters, talks her out of it and the two fall in love. Sixteen happy years later, the couple face a murder rap thanks to a blackmailer who's suddenly appeared.
Outside of his always unsuccessful campaigns for the Senate, Judge Homer Peabody lives a quiet life in small-town New Hampshire. That changes when an artist paints a mural at city hall that includes a woman wearing very little. The judge comes to the artist's assistance, defending him against the upset locals. Funny thing about the woman in the painting: she bears a striking resemblance to the judge's daughter.
Rip Van Winkle, a lazy American man, wanders off one day with his dog Wolf into the Kaatskill mountains where he runs into an odd group of men drinking and playing bowls. He drinks some of their mysterious brew and passes out. When he wakes up under a tree he is astonished to find that 20 years have passed and things are a lot different. This is a charming story about how America changed due to the revolutionary war, only in a different and more subtle way than ever told before.