Valentine's day is the story of Amelia, a young girl living in Sydney, Australia in the years following World War II. In her flight from her father, Valentine, and his compulsive gambling, Amelia finds employment in the oddest places, working for a cough syrup magnate who wants to be a magician, an airline that selects stewardesses for their legs, and an executive whose company has forgotten his existence. Her misadventures lead her to a remote island where a normal day includes mice in the rice and lizards in her cleavage. There she finds what she takes for true love. But as the story unfolds, Amelia begins to realize she may not have achieved the perfect escape from Valentine she had planned.