The story is about a young lady, Anna, who works as a chemist in Amos Cosmetics factory in New Jersey. She tries different concoctions to create the best perfume. One day, she accidentally discovers a perfume that can charm men and make them fall in love with her. In
addition to using “the usual mix of flowers and things”, she decides to throw in a piece of fruitcake into the mixture. The mixture produces a perfume which smells pleasant. Anna dabs a little of the perfume on the back of her hands and keeps the rest in her handbag. She does not think too much of it as she knows that she has to make perfumes in a proper way. However, she later discovers Mr. Amos, her boss, is suddenly attracted to her. He even invites her for dinner and she accepts it.
That night, she uses her usual perfume called Intrigue for her dinner date. Mr. Amos behaves strangely when he comes to pick her up at her home. Instead of the friendly and flirty tone in the office, he seems uninterested. He tries to end the dinner quickly and tells her that it is a reward for her hard work at the factory. Anna is puzzled at the change in his reaction. She thinks it has something to do with the perfume she is wearing. She excuses herself to go to the restroom and applies a generous dab of the new perfume she has concocted. The perfume has the same effects on a waiter, who also declares his love for her. Upon returning to her table, she discovers Mr. Amos is once again besotted by her. Anna realises now that the perfume is
responsible for his strange behaviour. When she returns to the table, she finds Mr. Amos with Sabina, a beautiful and young model. All of a sudden, Mr. Amos declares his love for Anna and the waiter too starts singing to her. Soon, a fight starts between Sabina, Mr. Amos, the waiter. Several waiters try to calm things down. Anna decides to leave the restaurant immediately and returns home.
The next day, she takes leave and investigates the fruitcake. Her conversation with Aunt Mimi reveals that Aunt Mimi actually buys the fruitcake from a strange old lady who uses a secret ingredient. Unfortunately, it is impossible to find the old woman as she has passed away recently. Two days later, Anna returns to work. She meets Sabina with Mr. Amos in his office and Sabina insults her. In anger, Anna splashes the perfume on Sabina. She then resigns from the company and finds a new job in the factory that produces Intrigue. Sometime later, Armstrong, the pizza boy who now owns the company, confesses his love for Anna.