Clarissa has faith in a man who turns out unworthy, and she finally takes refuge in the love of an old friend whom she does not love but who she knows will be a strong support. Georgie looses her faith in her husband—a man she married only to escape poverty. And so they are estranged for a time. They finally reconcile through their sexual attraction to each other. Ruth has faith in Horace, and elopes with him. But he does not marry her. He certainly loves her, but, being poor, he wants to marry any rich girl available—while Ruth would be his mistress and share the so-gained wealth with him. But the loving Ruth does not approve of his plan, and presently dies of a heart-attack consecutive of the stress.