Antonio Morse is a struggling artist in Rome, devoted to his attractive young wife and baby. He cannot dispose of his picture, however, and as the story opens, there is no food in the house. His wife, receiving attentions from the famous artist, Pietro Novetti, becomes discontented, and as her husband leaves to make another effort to dispose of his work, receives the more prosperous painter, who makes passionate love to her, and tempts her to desert her husband. In a weak moment she succumbs and leaves her husband and baby. Tony is successful in obtaining a pittance for his paintings and starts home happily with a few purchases. He finds his wife gone, and a note from her, in which she tells him she loves Pietro. The poor artist breaks down over his baby's crib, and then the vengeance in his nature asserts itself and he decides to bide his time. He leaves for America, where for five years he struggles against misfortune. One day as he is painting in the Art Museum, he is brought face ...
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