Helen (Florence Reed) is an American art student studying in Paris. She rejects fellow student Tom Davis (Alec Francis) in favor of Jacques (Irving Cummings), who turns out to be married. Nevertheless a daughter, Alice, is born out of their union. Tom comes into money and returns to the States, but when Helen dies, she entrusts Alice to him, and she grows up at Tom's mansion. As a young woman, Alice (also portrayed by Reed) becomes involved with Eugene LaSalle (William Desmond) and they are engaged. But when Eugene pulls out a ring at a party, Alice is horrified. An old note from her mother described this particular ring, which would identify someone related to Jacques. She is convinced this means she and Eugene are brother and sister, and since they have already become intimate, they decide their only option is to take their own lives. At the last minute, Eugene discovers that Jacques was only his stepfather, and the couple are free once again to marry.
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