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Lucy Chase Wayne, the granddaughter of a former United States president and the wife of Secretary of State Stephen Wayne, is actively involved in Washington society. Her chief rival in social affairs is Irene Hibbard, the wife of bumbling Supreme Court Justice, Carter Hibbard. Lucy has never forgiven Irene for stealing her cook. They start a battle over the favors of Gordon Keane, a young senator from the West. Gordon has just made a speech, written mainly by Lucy, who hopes he will side politically with Stephen. This irks Irene, who wants Gordon to attend her parties. Meanwhile, Gordon has fallen in love with Emmy Page, Stephen's niece. When Lavinia Mae Creevey, the president of a women's organization, arrives in Washington looking for a presidential candidate to support, Lucy decides to use Lavinia's quest to distract Irene from her pursuit of Gordon. Lucy encourages Lavinia to back Carter as a presidential candidate. Then Ellsworth Ganning, publisher of a chain of newspapers, takes up Carter's cause and it begins to look as if Carter may have a chance to win the nomination. This threatens Lucy's plans to advance Stephen as the nominee. Lucy learns that Irene's ex-husband is in town and she invites him to a party in Carter's honor, because she knows that under the laws of his own country, he is not divorced, which makes Irene a bigamist. To prevent scandal, Carter withdraws from the race, making Stephen the nominee. Gordon becomes engaged to Emmy and Lucy's position at the head of Washington society is secure.