The careers of both actress Alla Nazimova and director J. Stuart Blackton were on the wane when they made this low-budget drama. Joan (Nazimova) is part of a French underworld gang, which includes her rough sweetheart, Lupin (Lou Tellegen). After provoking Lupin, she heads for a low-down cabaret, where she puts on a satirical dance. A group of aristocrats are at the club, and Joan meets one of them, Paul Dubois (Carl Miller). He lightheartedly instructs her on how to be a lady, but she takes his advice seriously. Joan falls in love with Dubois, and when she sees him kissing another woman, she is furious. Dubois' mother has given a valuable necklace to the church, which has been placed on the Madonna. Joan urges Lupin to steal the necklace, but when she discovers that the girl she saw with Dubois was only his sister, she begs him to return it. Lupin's own men wound him in a dispute over this, and Joan comes to the realization that it is him, not Dubois, whom she really loves.
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