Nick receives a call from a Beauty contest winner he dubbed "Miss Joyous" in a column years ago, sounding suicidal.He spends the day talking to her family and friends trying to locate her, and piecing together her life story. Meanwhile, she's had a falling out with her dangerous, married lover.
A girl reporter goes to Berlin with an older man,a correspondent once famous for his exposé of the Nazis before World War Two. Now twenty years later, his still living associates apparently believe he betrayed them to the Gestapo and fled. Once highly impressed with him, her faith is shaken as she presses for the truth.