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Sir Charles (Pink) and his sister Hilary, who is separated from her husband, live on a farm in Scotland. One day at a sheep auction, Hilary runs into Douglas, her husband, and discovers that they are still in love, and she asks him to meet her at a country dance that night. Pink learns of his sister's plan and plots to prevent their reconciliation; at the dance, he constantly interposes himself between Hilary and Douglas. When Rosie, a former maid on Pink's farm, arrives and asks Hilary the whereabouts of Douglas, Hilary comes to the conclusion that Douglas is the father of Rosie's illegitimate child. She confronts Douglas with this information, but before he can deny the accusation, Hilary goes on a spree and first propositions the band leader, but settles for Jock, the local constable who is the real father of Rosie's child. On his way to a duck hunt the next day, Pink discovers Hilary sleeping in his car, and she confesses her actions of the previous night. Pink, realizing that he is about to lose her, shoots his ear off at the hunt in an attempt to elicit sympathy from her. Reduced to alcoholic desperation, Pink confesses his incestuous love for Hilary. Douglas and Hilary, who have agreed to a reconciliation, decide that they have no choice but to commit Pink to a mental institution.