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California millionaire Frederic Summers hires private investigator Alan Macklin to uncover the mysterious past of his fiancée, Sylvia West, a cultured, well-to-do author of a book of poetry. An English professor friend of Macklin deduces from her poetry that Sylvia is from Pittsburgh. Macklin goes there and interviews people who once knew Sylvia. He learns that as a teenager Sylvia was raped by her stepfather and drifted into a life of prostitution. She blackmailed a perverted client, and the money was successfully invested for her by the banker husband of a girl friend who was also a prostitute. After she became wealthy, Sylvia left her life of prostitution; she began to write and publish her poetry. Before reporting to Summers, Macklin decides to meet Sylvia, and he is tremendously attracted by her beauty, intelligence, and charm. He decides not to reveal her past to Summers and instead tells Sylvia that her fiancé hired him to investigate her. Angry and hurt, Sylvia tells Summers the truth about herself, and when she and Macklin meet again, they decide to remain together.