Lucy Muir, a young widow who had always wanted to live near the sea, moves to Gull Cottage on the edge of a cliff. The ghost of the old sea dog who used to own the house makes Lucy Muir realise that her real life is elsewhere.
The film was part of a trend in the Hollywood cinema of the 1940s presenting characters who were fascinated by photographic or painted portraits and by psychoanalysis. Could Captain Gregg be a figment of a young woman as she searches for solitude far away from the constraints of a society that she has chosen to leave? Bernard Hermann’s music, influenced by the tonality of Debussy, contributes to the dreamlike atmosphere.