James Gannon (Clark Gable) lives in New York and is a news editor. The cleaning lady, Mrs. Kovacs (Vivian Nathan) and her kid, Barney (Nick Adams), are working with him about whether Barney should get to be a new reporter too. His mom doesn’t want him out of school yet but Barney wants to work. Gannon learns that he ought to take some classes in journalism, so he goes to take some classes taught by Erica Stone (Doris Day). She had criticized his management of the newspaper. Gannon pretends to be an actual student and does well; Stone thinks he’s a genius. He plans to tell her who he really is, but then falls for her. His competition is Dr. Hugo Pine (Gig Young). Gannon and Stone both find out secrets about each other.