In flashback while lounging on the Riviera, Douglas thinks back to the liberation of Paris in 1944 and meeting a lonely girl, Robin. She is destitute and without papers; Douglas helps her, pretending to be married to her. Police list her as a prostitute when she fails to offer
identification. Douglas desperately tries to marry the girl, but his hard-headed CO, Mathews, refuses permission, patronizingly explaining that European girls are all alike, deceitful and manipulating, wanting only to escape the poverty of war-torn Europe and migrate to America by using GIs to
obtain US citizenship. Robin, stigmatized and ostracized, goes to the Seine River where she ends her...