A famous actress one night meets a man who intrigues her and with whom she feels she can enter into a world of .reckless adventure. They are wrecked in a storm at sea, and afterwards fall in love. One of the conditions under which he will marry her is that she give up her acting. The actress agrees, but she insists on another appearance, and it is this which disillusions her lover. He is embarrassed to see her displaying in public the same gestures and utterances that he had thought were reserved for him in intimacy. She for her part finds her fulfillment only in the rapport of her characterization with the audience. She has no self, and can realize herself only in character in a drama. She returns to her flat to find her lover gone.