Michel Pernaud is an engaging and handsome man in his twenties, finishing college and aiming toward a career as a translator. He thinks his only obstacle to marrying his girlfriend is her father, a domineering man who disapproves of him and his ambitions. When a wealthy, Manhattan real estate developer hires him, his fortunes alternately climb and descend as his services start to include pleasing a French billionaire and his young and attractive daughter who quickly focuses her romantic interests on Michel. However, her attentions place him in compromising situations with his employer and in grave risk of losing his girlfriend. Struggling between temptation and loyalty, ambition and integrity, Michel faces one challenge after another in a story that is sad and funny, romantic and heartwarming.