Konservativni pravnik Paul se poroči z živahno Corrie. Vznesenost medenih tednov kmalu zamenja resničnost gospodinjskih opravil v smešno majhnem newyorškem stanovanju, zakonsko harmonijo pa načnejo prvi spori.Konservativni pravnik Paul Bratter (Robert Redford) je Gospod popolni, njegova živahna žena (Jane Fonda) pa življenje posveča zabavi. Mladoporočenca začneta skupno življenje v smešno majhnem newyorškem stanovanju v petem nadstropju stavbe brez dvigala, kjer vznesenost medenih tednov kmalu zamenja resničnost gospodinjskih opravil. Zakonsko harmonijo načnejo prvi spori, tašča se pritožuje, ženskar srednjih let iz zgornjega nadstropja se rad spogleduje in veselje se sprevrže v muko. Ostaja pa upanje, da se bo mladi par pobotal in zaživel novo življenje, mati in poskočni sosed pa bosta našla drug drugega.
New Yorkers Paul Bratter and Corie Bratter née Banks have just gotten married. He is a stuffed shirt just starting his career as a lawyer. She is an independently minded free spirit who prides herself on doing the illogical purely out of a sense of adventure, such acts as walking through Washington Square Park barefoot when it's 17°F outside. Their six day honeymoon at the Plaza Hotel shows that they can get to know each other easily in the biblical sense. But they will see if they can get to know each other in their real life when they move into their first apartment, a cozy (in other words, small), slightly broken down top floor unit in a five story walk-up. While Corie joyfully bounds up and down the stairs, Paul, always winded after the fact, hates the fact of having to walk up the six flights of stairs, if one includes the stairs that comprise the outside front stoop. Beyond the issues with the apartment itself, Paul and Corie will have to deal with an odd assortment of neighbors, most specifically eccentric senior Victor Velasco, who lives in the unusual attic and who would like to consider himself a dirty old man. Corie, worried about her single straight-laced mother Ethel Banks, wants to set her up with Victor. Without Corie or Paul truly realizing it, Ethel and Victor as a twosome is as illogical as Corie and Paul. What happens between Ethel and Victor may be a predictor if Corie and Paul's marriage can make it in the long run.