Frank's lover Johnny gets sent to prison. Offering to help out, Frank begins to visit Johnny's mum and soon sees that his beautiful dog Evie is being neglected. Frank's longing for Johnny mutates into love for the dog. He cares with increasing desperation. His war of nerves with Johnny's wife intensifies. He can give poor Evie a good life! Can't Johnny see that? Can't his family see that? Hilarious yet touching, the film carefully preserves the stifling discretion of the era.