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For 7 years, Lola, a cabaret entertainer in Nantes, has been waiting for the return of her lover, Michel, who left her with a child and went out into the world to make his fortune. One day, after a brief fling with Frankie, an American sailor who reminds her of Michel, she meets Roland, a childhood friend. A dreamer unable to settle down to a job, Roland has been idling away his time in the company of a lonely widow, Madame Desnoyers, and her 14-year-old daughter, Cécile. Captivated by Lola, Roland unabashedly declares his love for her; but, true to the memory of Michel, she rejects him. Frankie, meanwhile, has also become acquainted with the romantic Cécile, and they spend an afternoon together at a local fair. Then, unexpectedly, Michel returns to Lola and her child. Wildly happy, Lola speeds off in Michel's sleek white Cadillac as a sad and forlorn Roland wanders along a riverside quay. At the same time, young Cécile runs away from home to Cherbourg, the port where Frankie's ship is harbored.