Helen Lady de Langley is at her wits end. She has given her husband only daughters and he wants a son to carry on the family name. She decides to try and seduce an old beau who has since had eight sons into making love to her hoping she will have a male offspring. However, she gets so drunk during the seduction scene that she passes out. The old beau, ever the gentleman, leads her to believe that he has made love to her. So, when her husband Sir Hesketh de Langley comes home, she must get him to make love to her, even though he is intending to file for divorce the next day so he can remarry and have his son. She does soften Hesketh's heart, and he takes her into the bedroom. Act II begins with Helen learning that the ruse has worked she is pregnant! When Hesketh finds out, he decides that he has been a nasty male chauvinist and vows to be a good husband as the curtain falls.