Ever popular with the grasping beauties of the Social World, the handsome Marquis of Elkesley is disillusioned with their constant requests for expensive gifts – so he travels to Paris to forget them. There he receives a pleading letter from his close friend Celeste, one of Paris’ most notorious Demi-Mondaines. She has taken under her wing a frightened young waif called Kitrina and, Celeste’s sinful lifestyle rendering her unsuitable as a guardian, she asks the Marquis to make her his ward.
Faced with the fact that Kitrina is the illegitimate child of a distant, dead and disgraced relative, he has no choice but reluctantly to agree. To his amazement, though, he is soon captivated by Kitrina’s unsullied innocence – but just as he loses his heart, he also loses the young beauty who’s stolen it when she is kidnapped by an evil Arab Sheikh bent on forcing her into marriage.