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Depressed by the drowning of her lover and her unhappy marriage to Robert, a wealthy but insensitive man, Francesca Anderson becomes increasingly dependent on her son James. Robert, who sees the potential problems of the relationship, enrolls James in a university in London so that he will have to leave home. Francesca tries to persuade James to remain with her, but he goes to London and meets Julie, with whom he has sex for the first time. Upon returning home from a trip, Robert finds James and Francesca locked in an embrace, and a violent quarrel ensues. Francesca and James leave together. Robert follows them and fights with James, who knocks him to the ground with a golf club and then falls back in a daze; while James is unconscious, Francesca murders her husband with the club. Subsequently James is tried for murder but acquitted on the grounds that he was defending his mother. Later, when he learns that Francesca was the murderer and that her dead lover was his real father, he abandons her and returns to Julie.