The story starts as an 80-year-old Emma Harte (Deborah Kerr), looks back over her life. She remembers herself as a young girl, pregnant and abandoned by her rich lover. She remembers the men she has loved, her staunch friend Blackie O'Neill, and her second marriage to Paul McGill during the First World War. The small shop she started many years ago has grown into a vast commercial empire. Now it is under threat and Emma must fight to protect it. A Woman Of Substance is a film that every woman will love - and every man will find hard to forget.