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When her father dies in an avalanche, young Kitty Lane is orphaned and goes to work as a waitress in her Aunt Dot's and Uncle Fred's cafe, The Campus Inn. One day, while waiting tables, Kitty meets college student Dave Livingston, and they begin dating. When Dave's mother Helen, an aging society matron, sees that her son is dating Kitty, she tells him that she is displeased at his choice in women and recommends that he stop seeing her. Later, Helen tries to break up Dave and Kitty by feigning a heart ailment and asking Dave to accompany her to a specialist in Europe. Dave consents to the trip but ruins his mother's scheme when he asks Kitty to marry him and join them. Helen tries to prevent the marriage by having her friend, Judge Forbes, bribe Kitty to leave town, but when that attempt fails, they bring a trumped-up morals charge against her. While Kitty is sent to the State Home for the Regeneration of Females for ninety days, Dave goes to Europe with his mother. Six years pass, during which time Kitty, aided by wealthy admirers, gains notoriety as a showgirl and actress. When she and Dave finally meet again, their love is reawakened, and Dave is determined to marry her. Helen again tries to talk Kitty out of the marriage, telling her how it would affect Dave's successful career as a doctor, and brandishes her pistol in order to make her point. Kitty gently takes the gun away from Helen, and when Dave arrives, pretends to him that she does not want to marry him. Helen, now impressed with Kitty's show of real character, has a change of heart and gives her blessing to the marriage.