Laure is the daughter of the great Shakespearean actor of the 1890s, Jules Beaudine, but she has been raised in the home of her straightlaced Aunt Judith. When her father's company is playing in New York, Laure ambushes him in his dressing room, to tell him that she's an adult and wants to live on her own. To defuse the situation, Jules takes Laure with him on holiday to New Orleans. There she gets to know her Creole grandmother and spends a great deal of time visiting with her in the old French Quarter. In the gracious southern home of her father's friends, Laure meets Cole Drummond."