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Adventuress Stefanie Paoli foresakes her lover, humble fisherman Gabriel Barrato, for the arms of a nobleman, the Marquis de Mohrivart. Upon learning that Stefanie has wed another, Gabriel kills himself and his brother Benedetto swears revenge. Stefanie goes to France with the Marquis where they run an exclusive gambling club. Years pass and they have a son, Charles, who is sent to England for his education. Charles, ignorant of his parent's method of living, marries Rose Verney, the daughter of an upper class British family. Meanwhile, Benedetto has acquired wealth and visits the Mohrivart tables in Paris. Although enthralled with Stefanie's beauty, he attacks the woman on whom he has sworn revenge. In attempting to save his wife, the Marquis is killed. Benedetto is sentenced to life in prison, and soon after, Stefanie, learning that her son is dying, visits his family in England. After Charles death, she refuses to leave, threatening to invoke an old French law which would declare her granddaughter's birth illegitimate unless the Verney family supports her. Stefanie is prevented from victimizing her son's family when Sir Horace Welby, a former lover, falsely informs her that Benedetto has been freed and is seeking her life. Terrified, Stefanie disappears and leaves the Verneys in peace.