In the Roaring Twenties, the double standard is alive and well: wives stay home playing bridge, husbands party with flappers and then lie about where they've been. Arden Stuart wants something else: freedom, equality, and honesty in love. She tries first, with tragic results, with a chauffeur. Then, though her long-time friend Tommy Hewlett repeatedly asks her to marry him, she finds what she's looking for in a spur-of-the-moment encounter with Packy Cannon, a pugilist turned painter who's sailing off to the South Seas. A few years later, Packy, Tommy, and Arden must sort out love, devotion, and propriety. Can it be done in honesty, or will social standards dictate deceit?