Mild mannered Felix Sherman is a struggling novelist who has to work as a bookstore clerk to make ends meet. Doris Wilgis is brash, in-your-face and uneducated prostitute. Although they have not met, they have an antagonistic relationship from afar as they live in the same New York City apartment building, his continual typing which bothers her, her professional work and her complaints about the typing which bother him. They do eventually meet when each is directly the reason why the other is evicted from the building in the middle of the night. Despite their continued antagonism after meeting, they spend time together if only because of their shared homelessness. Despite still being bothered by certain aspects of the other, especially those unfamiliar to their own sensibilities, they begin to have a mutual attraction based on their opposite personalities. He is attracted to her innate openness. She is attracted to his intellectualism. Can their budding relationship survive their differences, especially when it comes to their sexual history and Felix being already engaged?