||Cora and her alcoholic mother live in the slums of Easterling. At school, Cora meets Gary, who doesn’t care about her poverty. After high school, they elope. Gary’s mother feels an early marriage will ruin Gary’s future, and offers Cora $10,000 to get an annulment. Cora accepts because she loves Gary but lies to him. Cora reinvents herself as “Coral,” getting a good job. “Harvard man” Paul proposes to Cora, but when their work takes them back to Easterling, Cora is recognised by her mother and Paul dumps her. Cora is reunited with Gary, who is in charge of a slum clearance project there.