Anne Francis gives a terrific performance as Doris Wainwright Bristol, an old friend of Lt. Harrelson's who is very rich, six-times divorced and jaded towards life. She checks into Lake Memorial Hospital for some cosmetic survey. Accompanying her are her personal assistant Margaret Doan and her security guard, retired New York city detective Joe DeLeon.
When Joe spots a known criminal visiting a patient, he becomes curious. He approaches Margaret with his concerns, but she talks him out of reporting them for fear of drawing the press into the situation and making public Doris' surgery. Joe takes it upon himself to investigate and when he discovers that two men are involved in an intricate plot to steal Doris' very expensive jewelry, he is murdered.
After the S.W.A.T. team, who was at the hospital volunteering to prepare the children's Christmas party, solves the case and rescues Doris and Margaret, Lt. Harrelson insists that Doris come to the children's party and help out. She agrees and in the process is healed of her cynicism towards life as she is able to embrace the children and the spirit of the holidays. A very touching story with a beautiful ending.