Von Stroheim is at his dark best in this melodrama about a performer who makes his living as a vaudeville marksman. He is a woman-hater, the result of a failed love affair some 15 years before. His aide is Hughes who is married to Duryea, who also works for von Stroheim. After the
succulent Hughes begins to make eyes at von Stroheim, Duryea is killed "accidentally," and Hughes leaves von Stroheim for a bicycle rider. The Great Flamarion has been flimflammed by a femme once again.