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Struggling sculptor Leonard Hunt wins a large sum of money and the commission for a war memorial. He uses Sylvia Morton as his model for "Victory" and soon falls in love with her, but Leonard is dissatisfied with his work, feeling that the figure "lacks a soul." When Vivian Hunt finally confronts her husband, Leonard smashes the statue in grief and rage, then leaves. Some months later, Leonard returns to find the statue restored, and he now perceives in Vivian's face the subtle quality that eluded him in the sculpture. Vivian does not welcome him but announces her departure for Italy. Leonard works at a fever pitch to finish the work, then joins Vivian.