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Frank Reynolds is a successful electrical engineer, who returns to his native town in Germany after 10 years absence. He falls in love with Regine, who is a simple chamber maid in his house. She lives with her drunken father and criminal brother, who extort housekeeping money from her. Frank marries her, and hires an acquaintance of his, an elderly lady, to teach her how to behave in society. Floris Bell, an actress who had designs on Frank, becomes acquainted with Regine, and pretends to be her friend, but secretly engineers a plot to put her in a compromising position. She gets a beau to take Regine home from a party, lying to Regine that more party goers would be arriving soon at Regine's house. The beau tries to make love to Regine, but is discovered by her lady companion, who thinks the worst. The beau leaves in embarrassment, and Regine goes to bed, but soon after, her brother sneaks in through the balcony and forces her to give him money and Frank's overcoat. When Frank returns...