In Paris, Louise Mauban (Luise Rainer), the most talented student in acting school, mystifies fellow students with her aloofness and frustrates teachers by falling asleep in class. Unknown to everyone, Louise works nights at a factory. At work, Louise spins tales of a romance with the Marquis Andre D'Abbencourt (Alan Marshal). Upon hearing this, a jealous acting student throws a party and invites Andre. The marquis falls for Louise, but she finds she must choose between love and the theater.