Alex Dillingham, a young soldier, is smitten by Rose Vibart, a young actress whom he meets after her performance at a Montpelier theatre. Alex then invites Rose to spend some time with him at his wealthy uncle's mansion in Pau. Uncle George is away but discovers Alex's plans and decides to come to Pau to investigate things for himself. Upon his arrival at Pau, George is shocked to see that Rose is wearing a dress that used to belong to his late wife. Soon, George and Rose end up falling in love – to the great dismay of Alex. Two years later, when Alex finds that Rose has moved in with George, he accidentally shoots Rose in the arm. Twelve years after this incident Alex, Rose and George reunite. However, once again trouble arises. This time, as a result of George and Rose’s young daughter Jenny falling in love with Alex. The two cousins end up in an ‘unnatural’ relationship which causes George to suffer a heart attack.