In a nutshell, the story is a May-December romance that reminded me of a more recent film, Venus. Kay Lenz plays a bubbly and talkative twenty-year old hippie, who at first really grated my nerves, but as the film progressed she grew on me. Holden was as awesome as ever, playing the the wise-cracking embittered cynic, a type of character he became famous for after Sunset Blvd.
The film had its endearing moments as well as its painfully sappy and awkward ones, but overall it definitely went above my expectations. Highly recommended for fans of Bill Holden.
There's a nice Hitchcockian cameo from Eastwood himself in the scene by the lighthouse, and the date to go see High Plains Drifter (which Eastwood also directed in the same year) was a nice, if not unlikely, touch.