Tomboyish Jo March develops a friendship with her rich neighbor Theodore Laurence, who becomes infatuated with her.
Jo rejects Laurie's proposal of marriage. To avoid him, she goes to New York to seek her fortune, where she meets the kind and intelligent Professor Bhaer
Jo returns home to care for her dying sister Beth. In the wake of her loss, she discovers her love for Mr. Bhaer. Meanwhile, Laurie transfers his affections to Beth's sister Amy.