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Barbara, an officer in the Salvation Army and daughter of Andrew Undershaft, a wealthy armaments manufacturer, gets upset when the Army accepts donations from Undershaft and a whiskey distiller. Regarding the money as tainted, Barbara resigns from her position but soon sees the truth of her father's reasoning that social iniquity rises from poverty.
Mary Lennox is a prickly and unloved ten-year-old girl, born in India to wealthy British parents. When they suddenly die, she is sent back to England to live with her uncle. There, she begins to uncover many family secrets, particularly after meeting her sickly cousin Colin, who has been shut away in a wing of the house. Together, these two damaged, slightly misfit children heal each other through their discovery of a wondrous secret garden.