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Juliet, a teenager, exchanges her sexual favors with the local druggist for fare to New York City when her mother, an amoral, harsh woman, throws her out for making love with her common-law husband. Julie drifts into prostitution and sleeps with various TV men--producers, directors, cameramen, agents--in hopes of finding work. She has a brief affair with commercial photographer Hal Vern. Sadist Aristotle Carnaby, a producer who promises to get her a screen test, subjects her to a whipping session with him in exchange for the favor. Upon seeing the screen test, producer John Dixon takes an interest in Julie, and she becomes his mistress. Dixon accuses Julie of an infidelity and leaves her; and she takes to the streets. She allows herself to be seduced by lesbian Nina Weldon, Dixon's casting director. Julie learns that she is pregnant and attempts suicide. Dixon visits her at the hospital and alleges that he is sterile and therefore could not be the father of Julie's child. He offers, however, to marry her and rear the child as his own, and Julie, touched by his generosity, acquiesces.