In Victorian London, young Adelaide (Maureen O'Hara) is born into luxury, but marries starving artist Henry (Dana Andrews). His alcoholism and their lack of money lead to many quarrels. During one such fight, Henry slips down a flight of stairs and dies. A neighbor, Mrs. Mounsey (Sybil Thorndike), is the only witness, and she blackmails the young widow by threatening to tell the cops that Adelaide killed her husband. Luckily, lawyer Gilbert (also Andrews) swoops in to help Adelaide.