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A little boy and girl, Manfred and Eloise, whose rich parents lived on adjoining estates, became companions and grew up side by side, innocent and ambitious. Their favorite trysting place was the old rowboat on the pretty lake down among the willows. This they call their dream boat and ever and often would they repair to this haunt, to voyage far out into the delightful realms of imagination. Here they planned their futures, each for the other. They were to live grand, pure, noble lives, always together, never parted. But life would not have it so; time came when Manfred was sent out into the world to make his name and fame, while Eloise remained sole guardian of the little lake of dreams, and still each dreamed on, grand, noble, inspiring dreams, waiting for the day of the reunion, their reunion. But the man failed the woman, and instead of gaining lofty goals, he sank lower and lower and drank deep of the wine of temptation and dissipation, till finally he became a human derelict, ...