Gertrude Berg and Cedric Hardwicke in a scene from the play.
The play is a drama concerning racial prejudice involving Mrs. Jacoby, a Jewishwidow from Brooklyn, New York, and Koichi Asano, a millionairewidower from Tokyo. Mrs. Jacoby is sailing to Japan with her daughter and foreign service officer son-in-law who is being posted to the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo. She still considers the country the enemy responsible for the death of her son during World War II, but her feelings change when she meets Mr. Asano on board the ship. When she advises her family of Mr. Asano's desire to court her, Mrs. Jacoby's daughter, whose loyalty is to her mother rather than her husband, objects to the possibility of an interracial marriage.