After young Patrick Dennis's parents die, his nanny, Agnes Gooch, brings him to live with his last remaining living relative, his Aunt Mame. To Agnes's shock, Mame is a wild, party animal. Nevertheless, she is a kind woman and she and Patrick hit it off immediately. Things are basically going well until the stock market crashes and Mame loses her money. Eventually, after a series of odd jobs, Mame marries a rich man. After her new husband, Beau Burnside, dies, Mame is once again wealthy. This time, however, she spends her money on forming the Burnside Memorial Home for Single Mothers.