An impoverished woman who has been forced to choose between a privileged life with her wealthy aunt and her journalist lover, befriends an American heiress. When she discovers the heiress is attracted to her own lover and is dying, she sees a chance to have both the privileged life she cannot give up and the lover she cannot live without.
During the Depression, a mayor's beautiful daughter is kidnapped. During her captivity she falls in love with one of her abductors and learns that her father, whom she loved dearly, is nothing but another crooked politician who paid the ransom with money he had received in kickbacks.
An air liner flying over a middle eastern desert is forced to land in a remote spot and the passengers locked up. All are Americans or Britons. A man from the U.S. Embassay is interrogated and threatened unless he convinces another prisoner, an oil company executive, to collaborate with a new (unsaid but implied Soviet) regime.