Stella comes from a working-class family and marries Stephen Dallas, a wealthy man from a socially connected family. Her husband lives in New York and is separated by distance from Stella, suddenly comes home to find his wife in the company of another man--Ed Munn. In the end, Stella sacrifices everything for her daughter. Stella takes a now grow up Laurel to a up-scale resort. Here a now teenage Laurel meets Richard Grosvenor III (Tim Holt) and they fall in love. Stella after recovering from an illness, meets the couple's friends for the first time. Lacking the expected sociak graces, she becomes the target of derision for her appartent vulgarity. She is not clued in enough to realize it. Laurel is embarrassed with her mother. Laurel insists they leave, but does not tell her mother why. On the return train trip, Stella accidentally learns what happened. Stella, whom Laurel's new upper-class friends consider vulgar, sacrifices herself by going out of Laurel's life.
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