Marietta and Elena are two girls living in a Venetian school for orphans. Both want to become famous singers. Elena, however, gets engaged to Marco, heir to the House of Celano. Sadly, Marco dies of a fever, and Elena is passed along to his brother, Filippo. Filippo is cruel to Elena and abuses her for failing to give him a child.
Marietta falls in love with a Frenchman named Alix Desgrange. They plan to elope but are prevented from doing so by Alix's guardian. Marietta accepts the loss of Alix and devotes herself to her musical career and becomes a star in Venice. Suddenly, Marietta is informed that the governors of the orphange have arranged a marriage between herself and Domenico Torrisi. Marietta is shocked. The Torrisis and the Celanos have been mortal enemies for years. If she marries into the Torrisi family, she will never be allowed to see Elena again. The two young women devise a plan to always be together, despite the opposition they will receive from their husbands.
This report prepared by Marie Morris