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Maurie Monnier, a struggling young American sculptor living in Paris, marries Clarice a fortune-hunting model who later deserts him. Upon his father's death Maurie returns to America to be reunited with his socialite mother and brother Henry, who reject their impoverished relative. Maurie is contemplating suicide when he meets Hope, who inspires him to create "Blind Youth," the statue which wins Maurie fame and acceptance. Clarice tracks Maurice to America but upon discovering his love for Hope she confesses that their marriage was never legal, and Maurie is free to marry Hope.