G.W. Pabst's visually striking silent melodrama examines the plight of Lulu (Louise Brooks), a mesmerizing woman whose uninhibited sexuality leads to her downfall. After marrying her wealthy lover, Dr. Schon (Fritz Kortner), Lulu inadvertently shoots him during a struggle. She's convicted of murder but escapes with Schon's lovestruck son (Francis Lederer). Soon, their circumstances spiral downward, with tragic results.