19-year-old Melitta von Windheim is profoundly fascinated by the famous actor Ludvig Romay. That’s why she can hardly believe her own good fortune, as it turns out that her cousin Rudolf is an old friend of Romay and wants to introduce them. Romay and Melitta hit it off straight away, and before poor Rudolf can look twice, the woman he’s in love with is married off to someone else. Over the years, the marriage crumbles, and a tragic accident hits Melitta so hard that she has to leave for warmer climes. Romay continues his career and the wild social life that comes with it, but his past suddenly catches up with him.
The role of Romay is played by Valdemar Psilander. He was danish silent film's biggest male star throughout his entire film carreer which lasted from 1911-1917. The film was produced in 1916, but due to the distribution difficulties during World War I, it didn't premiere until 1920.