Landi, a Jewish girl, attempts to travel through her native Russia in 1913 to see her father who is dying in a St. Petersburg prison. The only way she can get permission to travel is with a "yellow ticket," which identifies her as a prostitute. In St. Petersburg she learns that her father
has died, but while in the city, she falls in love with Olivier, a British journalist. After hearing her story, he writes a number of articles for British and American newspapers that expose the oppressed condition of the Russian people under the Czar's rule. When Barrymore, the chief of the
Czar's secret police, becomes aware of Olivier's articles, he tries to imprison the scribe...