Madrigal, an Englishwoman recently released from prison after serving time for murder, arrives at the home of Mrs. St. Maugham to apply for the position of governess and companion to the elderly woman's 16-year-old granddaughter, Laurel. She is hired, despite her lack of references, primarily for her knowledge of gardening because Mrs. St. Maugham has difficulty raising anything in the chalky earth of her garden. Madrigal keeps her past a secret, but Laurel, who lives in a partial fantasy world (she hates her mother whom she believes abandoned her when she divorced and remarried) tries to uncover the secrets of her new governess. Maitland, the butler, becomes attracted to Madrigal and tells her that Laurel's wild tales are untrue.
Starring: Deborah Kerr
Director: Ronald Neame