The Plot »
Sean Thornton (John Wayne), an ex-boxer who has left the ring after causing the accidental death of his opponent, returns from America to his native Ireland to buy the house where he lived as a child, to soothe with a quiet life the remorse that haunts him. Sean falls in love with Mary Kate (Maureen O'Hara), the beautiful sister of the quarrelsome Will Danaher, a wealthy landowner who has tried for years to buy the birthplace of Sean, without success.
Sean asks the hand of Mary Kate, after having courted her according to local customs, assisted by the mediation of Michaeleen Oge Flynn (Barry Fitzgerald), but the girl's brother, hostile to the wedding, agrees to the wedding only thanks to a cute plan hatched by Father Lonergan (Ward Bond) and the cunning Michaeleen. Only after a fierce fight between Sean and Will, in which the ex-boxer is forced against his will to come to blows, Sean will finally conquer not only his wife but also her brother's friendship and the respect of all the inhabitants of Innisfree.