Kirk Douglas as Playboy writer, Owen Waterbury, fresh from the success of Last Year’s Love, is giving a lecture to aspiring writers about honesty and writing from the heart. In the middle of his talk, he catches the eye of beautiful blonde student, Stepanie Gaylord (Laraine Day), and immediately announces that he’s offering a “helping hand” job to the lucky student to work as his personal secretary. After starry eyed Stephanie ends up in his apartment, she soon realizes that she is the next victim of his “secretary” line. But Stepanie is all business and forces Owen’s hand…at marriage. The tables are turned on Owen when Stephanie writes her own novel, appropriately called Lady of Virtue, which is a smash success. In the Hollywood tradition of A Star is Born, their career paths cross as Stephanie hires her own male secretary and serves divorce papers on Owen.