Alfredo, a courtesan, falls in love with Violetta, a high-class prostitute. She returns his love and goes off to live with him in a country house near Paris. After Alfredo's father, Giorgio, discovers their relationship, he desperately tries to break it up. Violetta agrees and without telling Alfredo, returns to her life of prostitution. Alfredo finds her and publicly insults her at a party. In the end, Violetta begs for Alfredo's forgiveness and wants to continue their relationship. As the couple are about to escape together, Violetta collapses, dead.