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Gemma Jones pretends to be a schoolgirl in order to attend a formal party held by Sir Ivor and Lady McClean at their Venetian palace. When she is discovered in one of the private rooms of the estate, Gemma confesses all, stating that she is a homeless, unwed mother who lives with the father of her child, the son of the famous composer Sanger. The McCleans are horrified by this, as their daughter, Fenella, is engaged to Sanger's son Caryle. Actually, Gemma is the companion of Sebastian, Sanger's other son. After the McCleans leave Venice for the Dolomites, Gemma meets Caryle for the first time and realizes the McCleans' mistake. Sebastian, Gemma, and Caryle then join forces to climb over the mountains and find Fenella. Sebastian, however, is the first in the group to find Fenella, and she immediately falls in love with him. Gemma intercedes and tells of the mistaken identity of the two brothers, and Fenella and Caryle are reconciliated. Sebastian, Gemma and their baby then go back to London, where Sebastian prepares to stage his new ballet. In order to support the family, Gemma goes to work as a maid. Sebastian and Gemma are married, but despite this, Sebastian continues to see Fenella. Gemma, aware of Sebastian's infidelity, confronts Fenella and tells her that Sebastian is completely selfish and only loyal to himself. While Sebastian feverously works on his ballet, Gemma's baby becomes deathly ill. Gemma goes to her husband for help, but she is thrown out of the opera house for being a nuisance. Gemma's baby dies as the ballet becomes a hugh success. When Gemma does not appear at the opening night, Fenella offers to run away with Sebastian, who is unaware of his child's death. Caryle learns all, and becomes so enraged with jealousy that he almost kills his brother with his bare hands. Sebastian then goes back to Gemma, finally aware of the effect of his own selfishness.