Laurel Millard, the youngest of seven children, is expected to stay home and take care of Mama by her older siblings. At 18, she dreams of starting her own family. Operating a silk loom at the Atlanta Exposition is her chance to capture the heart of a man wealthy enough to take care of Laurel, any children she might bear, and her mother.
Langdon Rochester was given an ultimatum by his parents: settle down with a wife or lose his family inheritance. Langdon encounters Laurel at the exposition, and sees her as a chance to satisfy his parents' wishes. He believes she might even overlook him continuing his rowdy adventures with unmarried buddies.
Willie Sharp doesn't have much money. He takes on an extra job as a security guard at the Atlanta Exposition. Willie is put in charge of keeping the building secure when mischief-makers cause mayhem at the Women's Building. He enjoys his visit with Laurel, who seems like the little sister he never had, but his feelings for Laurel develop into something much deeper. Can Willie convince Laurel that he can give her a better life, even with so little to offer?