On a foggy night in the Atlantic Ocean, two passenger ships collide. In the rescue, one life is lost. During the Coast Guard investigation which follows, it turns out that Captain Sorrenson of the S.S. Wingate served under Captain Trawley of the S.S. Red Star for many years. There also appears to be some personal conflict between the two men.
The wife of a scandal-magazine publisher tries to maintain her social position in a small residential community, despite the scorn her husband's magazine provokes. To build circulation, the husband decides to print a scandalous story about one of his wife's friends.