American artist Hal Forde weds country lass Gladys Hanson and takes her to Paris for their honeymoon. Alas, Forde falls seriously ill, and there is no money in the till to pay for medicine. Without her husband's knowledge, Hanson earns the necessary money through the oldest and most reliable method available, by becoming the "kept woman" of a wealthy Parisian. Led to believe that the money is coming from his own family (which has actually disowned him), Forde quickly recovers and brings his bride back with him to America, where within a few months he becomes one the country's most successful painters. Among his admirers is a rich patron of the arts, who has a pretty young ward. The far-from-faithful Forde begins paying more attention to the ward than he does to his wife, but this relationship comes to an acrimonious end when ward and wife meet face-to-face for the first time. Leaving her husband, Hanson is wooed by the rich art patron, who knows all about her indiscretions in Paris but doesn't care a whit. Practically the only person who <i>doesn't</i> know about Hanson's sexual misdeeds at this point is her husband -- and when <i>he</i> finds out, it shocks him back to his senses, making him aware how much he loves his wife and how badly he has treated her.
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