Nickie (played by Grant) and Terry (played by Kerr) are both sailing from Europe to New York on the U.S.S. Constitution. After a few chance meetings after their initial introduction, the couple strikes up a friendship and, during a stop in Villefranche-sur-Mer in France, Terry begins to fall in love with Nickie after he reveals his talent for painting.
On the approach to NYC, the lovers decide to plan a meeting in six months at the Empire State Building, hopefully giving enough time to end their respective relationships. On her way to the rendezvous, Terry is involved in an accident and is taken to hospital. When Nickie shows up to the ESB, he finds his love is nowhere to found on the observation deck and only assumes she has backed out.
As we all know, true love prevails. The two finally come face to face a few more times while Terry hides her new handicap from Nickie. The movie ends in a romantic meeting, concluding in the love-conquers-all statement which leaves the audience breathless and weepy.
Not only did this movie help restore our faith in true love (if only in the movies), but also had us longing for more transatlantic ship travel or time-traveling to a retro New York City. We truly think that's a win-win.