Charlotte Vale (Bette Davis) is a lonely and repressed spinster living with her cold and domineering mother (Gladys Cooper). Her kind sister-in-law (Ilka Chase), fearing that Charlotte is headed for a complete breakdown, sees no other option than to bring Dr Jaquith (Claude Rains) to the house to inspect the situation. Jaquith takes Charlotte back to his secluded estate Cascades where she recovers.
When Charlotte travels abroad after her discharge, she meets the handsome but very-much married Jerry (Paul Henreid) and embarks on an affair. Charlotte then returns home alone, but soon finds herself back in Jerry's life when his troubled daughter Tina ends up at Cascades during Charlotte's relapse. Charlotte helps Tina recover and regain her life, and in turn, Tina helps Charlotte rediscover her romance with Jerry.
The DVD includes music scoring sessions and the trailer.
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