Madama Butterfly is the story of a young geisha, Cio-Cio San, who falls in love with a handsome American Naval Officer, Captain Pinkerton. A selfish, irresponsible young man, Pinkerton marries the young geisha, knowing full well that, in his eyes, the marriage is only a temporary convenience and that he will return soon to his American fiancée. Cio-Cio San, on the other hand, believes Pinkerton is marrying her for love. Three years later she awaits still the return of Pinkerton, who has never seen the son she has born him. Attempts are made by Goro to bring about another marriage, to Prince Yamadori. Eventually Pinkerton does return and brings with him his American wife. In the end, Cio-Cio-San commits suicide.