Elisabeth Woolf is born into a rich Jewish family in Edwardian London. Her doting but domineering father has definite ideas how a young lady should behave, they do not include visits to the theatre. Yet Elisabeth defies him, and meets an intriging young actor with whom she falls in love. Before she fully realises the consequences of her action, she is made an outcast. The young couple flee to Melbourne, where Elisabeth discovers her own talent for acting. Just as she is poised for artistic success, tragedy intervenes ans she must escape again, this time to America. Nobody wants stage actresses, nobody has heard fo Melbourne. Elisabeth, however is not easily discouraged. For in California there is talk of an exciting new medium: cinema.