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Among the performers in a Hungarian carnival are Cock Robin, who appears as John the Baptist in the show, and a girl who performs as Salome. Robin is a conceited scalawag of low morals. The Greek, a fiendish villain, conspires to bring about Robin's death during his act but fails. When Robin is pursued by the police, Salome agrees to hide him. She is engaged in writing letters to a blind soldier, purportedly from his son who is imprisoned and condemned to death, and gradually her goodness penetrates the indifference of Robin, who comes to realize his love for her and his own unworthiness. They find happiness after the death of The Greek from the bite of a poisonous lizard intended for Robin.