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Prior to the declaration of World War I, dancer Varda Deering was a member of the Austrian secret service, but later she becomes a loyal citizen of the United States. In America, she captivates many men but cares for none of them until she meets Lieut. John Long. The lieutenant regards Varda as little more than a social butterfly, but gradually he comes to recognize her goodness and falls in love with her. While John is away on a war-related diplomatic mission, Varda agrees to aid the American secret service in procuring secret documents from August Von Grossman, an agent whom she had known in Austria. Von Grossman threatens to reveal Varda's past unless she accepts his lecherous attentions, and she pretends to accept his terms as she secures information for the government. When John finds Varda in the German's arms, he dismisses her as unfaithful, but later she helps him to penetrate the German spy headquarters. As they are escaping with the secret papers, the car carrying the pursuing spies is hit by an express train. Varda explains everything to John, who proves most understanding.