When his wife, Anne, becomes pregnant, Bernard cannot bear the idea of a real child as he is so absorbed with the little girl who haunts him. Unable to confide in Anne, his marriage disintegrates, he reaches the breaking point and flees, leaving everyone shocked at his disappearance.
Pulled back to where the little girl lived, Bernard stays with Albert, in whom he can confide. Things change and Bernard takes to the road, living rough and working where he can, still unable to face his previous life. Years pass and faithful friends find him in hospital, unwittingly bringing him a joyous surprise he could never have imagined.