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André-Louis Moreau, a law student, vows to fight against the aristocracy when his friend Philippe is killed in a duel with the Marquis de la Tour. André deserts his guardians and his sweetheart Aline and joins a group of strolling musicians, finding himself in Paris at the outbreak of the Revolution. Caught in a mob determined to destroy the ruling class, André discovers that his father is the much-despised Marquis de la Tour and his mother is a countess. André pleads with the crowds to let his mother's carriage pass out of the city, while his father dies a nobleman's death in the crowds.