Penelope "Nep" Newbold is the kind of beautiful
young woman that men fight over. Having already been
divorced once, Nep is cynical about love, and convinced
that "no one man can have all the virtues,"
she is determined to marry one "virtue" at
a time. When her father Alfred entertains renowned Viennese
physician, Dr. Karl Bemis, Nep flippantly declares all
doctors to be boring and homely. She is pleasantly surprised
to discover, however, that Karl is neither. One night
while Nep is in a jealous rage after seeing her athlete
lover, Bill Hanaway, flirt with his former girl friend,
Sue Folsom, Nep finds her maid, Delia, trying to commit
suicide. Nep calls on Karl for help, who kindly takes
the pregnant Delia to stay in one of his sanitariums.
After Nep breaks up with Bill, she and Karl fall in
love, even though she, herself, warns him against her.
They impulsively decide to marry one night, but Bill
shows up and convinces Nep to marry him instead. Nep's
marriage to Bill is an unhappy one: Bill lives off her
money and spends most of it on Sue. On a cruise, Bill
becomes jealous of Karl, who has become reacquainted
with Nep, but during an argument, Bill collapses. Karl
warns him that he has suffered a heart attack and must
live temperately if he is to live at all, but the suspicious
Bill ignores his advice. After Nep rejects him, Bill
joins Sue in her cabin, where he collapses and dies.
To prevent a scandal, Nep pretends that she and Karl
were with them when Bill died. Ten months later, Nep
is working as a nurse for Karl, but finally, he "promotes"
her to the position of his wife.