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Following a tour of duty with the Army, wealthy Nick Stratton returns to his hometown of San Francisco. Torn between the desirability of keeping his independence and going to work for his devoted but dominating father in the construction business, he checks into a hotel to think things over for a few days. That night he meets and is immediately attracted to Giulietta (Julie) Cameron, unaware that she is a well-known and extremely high-priced prostitute. Eventually Nick's father, Pete, finds him and brings him home, but the peaceful reunion explodes into a violent argument when Pete once more tries to force his own way of life upon his son. Following the stormy session, Nick leaves home and returns to Julie, with whom he falls desperately in love. On the night of the Strattons' 30th wedding anniversary, Nick brings Julie to his parents' party and is horrified to learn that most of the men present--including his father--have had sexual relations with her. Though Nick vows never to see Julie again, he is unable to stay away, and he returns to her. Pete, however, continues to try to break up the romance, and Nick is forced to take Julie to Acapulco. Finally convinced that Nick will never be happy without Julie, Pete visits her secretly and asks her to marry Nick. Aware that her past would always haunt their marriage, however, she pretends to be bored with the affair and sends Nick away. Once he has left, she ends her life by hurling herself into the sea.