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Georgina Allerton, a daydreaming twenty-two year-old debutante, is in love with Jim Lucas, the man her older sister Miriam is about to marry. During the wedding, Georgie daydreams that Jim stops the ceremony so that he and Georgie can wed. One of the wedding guests is newspaper reporter Clark Redfield, who is immediately smitten with Georgie. Two years later, Georgie has tried singing lessons, has made an amateurish attempt at a first novel, and is losing money running her own bookshop. Jim, meanwhile, has had an unsuccessful stint in the publishing business, and he and Miriam are still living with her parents. When a manuscript that Jim had passed up becomes a best-seller, Miriam flies into a rage in public and only Georgie remains sympathetic to Jim. In a reckless attempt to rid herself of feelings for Jim and Clark, Georgie goes to a nightclub with a "wolf" named George Hand, who invites her to go to Mexico with him. Clark arrives at the club in time to warn Georgie about Hand's bad reputation, then tells her she is "as unsophisticated as Alice in Wonderland." Clark's insult prompts Georgie to imagine that, while caught in a lovers' triangle in Mexico, she shoots Hand's wife. She then becomes a fugitive and a singer in a South Sea island honky-tonk, where she kills herself, and dies in front of Jim. When Georgie wakes from her reverie to find herself being propositioned by Hand, she angrily rebuffs him. Meanwhile, Mrs. Allerton has tired of supporting Jim, and Miriam leaves him. On the night Jim is to fly to Reno for the divorce, he tells Georgie that he wants to marry her, and she imagines having a baby with him on a ranch. Clark, however, has invited Georgie to dinner and the opera, and she has reluctantly agreed to go out with him. At dinner, Clark criticizes Georgie's novel for its "moony" characterizations, and later at the opera, Georgie dreams that she brilliantly performs the role of "Cho-Cho-San" in Madame Butterfuly and wins Clark's respect as well as an apology. While Jim waits at the airport for Georgie, she sits in a diner with Clark, falling in love with him. As they dance, Clark cautions Georgie to stop hiding from reality, and urges her to turn her dreams into reality. At three-thirty in the morning, Georgie telephones her parents to tell them that she and Clark have married.