An actress, whose boyfriend is killed in Korea, suffers a breakdown and is sent to prison for writing bad checks. After she's released from prison, her parole officer tries to help her get life back together.
In a primitive country in southeastern Asia, the American consul nervously awaits an upcoming election that may be disrupted by a local strongman/war lord type. A plane carrying two U.S. businessmen makes an emergency landing nearby, and awaits simple repairs. Some village children appear to be on the verge of a polio outbreak, so the consul appropriates the plane to take the kids to a hospital.
Just after D-Day, the Americans are hemmed in by German forces and hedgerow-choked fields outside of St. Lo. Setting up for a breakout, Major Howie has promised his company will be first in the town, though orders from his superiors and death complicate things.
Old man Link Morley believes women should wait on men like a menial servant. Determined to show his son how its done, he orders around his son's new bride, Rowena, like a housemaid. But once the new couple is paying for their keep, Rowena makes a stand.
Two onetime friends are rivals in the unusual pursuit of collecting nineteenth century hand carved cigar store Indians. The rarest and most desirable were made by a long-dead Connecticut craftsman, whose aged daughter is found to be oblivious to her father's legacy, and is using his leftover works as firewood. The pair compete for her last remaining statue.
Three young boys are given the responsibility of carrying Christmas gifts to the mission church in the costumes of the Three Wise Men. When they ride through the poorest section of the village, the boys decide to give the presents to the ragged children instead, causing a crisis in conscience in the community.