In the film it is 1916 in an Irish coastal village. Rosy Ryan (Sarah Miles) is the cherished daughter of pubkeeper Tom Ryan (Leo McKern,) and a concern to the local priest (Trevor Howard) who thinks her too idle and romantic for her own good.
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England has its occupying forces in Ireland; Irish revolutionaries are plotting and stirring; the world war is raging; and the village is rife with petty-minded gossips and hecklers. But Rosy's main focus is the widowed school teacher Charles Shaughnessy (Robert Mitchum) - a man many years her senior but who also loves culture and refinement. Over his sensible protestations, she persuades him to marry her. She is quickly restless, for his love lacks the passion she craves. Father Collins sees her crying, deduces the reason, and warns her not to nurse her wish for passion, lest it come true.
Enter British Major Randolph Doryan (Christopher Jones) a haunted and handsome young war hero whose wounded leg has relegated him to this relatively mild post of leading the forces occupying Ireland. She is alone when he first enters her father's pub, and has time only to serve him one drink before they are in flames for each other. Their trysts begin secretly, but they are soon seen together by the ever-lurking village idiot (John Mills, in an Oscar-winning performance.) Her husband is suspicious. Rosy becomes the brunt of gossip and shunning.
One night, a fierce, wave-whipping storm washes to shore the remnants of a shipment of arms expected by the Irish revolutionaries. Rosy, unaware that most of the town has rushed down to help the rebels escape with the spoils - and unaware of her father's part in it - is at home with her husband until it's almost over. Just as the gun-runners are getting away, Major Doryan and his men show up. And when the speculation begins as to who betrayed the rebels to the British, the natural suspect is Rosy.
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