Marie Claire is a young school girl with big dreams of going to a university and becoming somebody. But all this changes when she meets Andrew, a British aristocrat visiting his wealthy friend in France. After Andrew leaves for Britain upon hearing that his older brother has died, Marie Claire finds out that she is pregnant. She believes Andrew's promise that he will return to France. Andrew does return to France...but with his wife.
Feeling betrayed, Marie Claire is extremely angry and vows to become the taker instead of the giver. From then on, Marie Claire uses men to get what she wants, and Chantal, her daughter, is her main tool for revenge. She wants Chantal to go to England and marry a wealthy aristocrat, preferably one of Andrew's daughter's suitors. But like all people wanting revenge, Marie Claire fails to see that not only is she hurting herself, but her family as well. Because Marie Claire never confided to Chantal the circumstances of her birth, Chantal ends up falling in love with her half brother. Eventually the truth comes out, and Chantal leaves England heartbroken. She is unwilling to face her mother about the truth, so she gets a job in Paris and doesn't tell her mother where she is living. World War I starts, and mother & daughter don't see each other for years.
This report prepared by Marie