Polish Princess Elena believes she was
born to be the guardian angel of great causes and great
(undiscovered) men. It is only when men need her that she is
interested in them and she abandons them when they have accomplished
their goals in life.
She encounters Henry de Chevincourt, who
introduces her to General Francois Rollan, who has just been
nominated to become Minister of War. The General is bait for
some conniving politicians who wish to turn the hero into a
They take advantage of a current political trial and
the resulting war scare to engineer a coup d'état which is meant to
catapult the General into leadership.
Rollan lets himself be taken in because
he is in love with Elena who is in league with the plotters.
Meanwhile, Henry, also in love with Elena, is hanging around on the