Violetta Valery, an ambitious courtesan, throws a lavish reception fora group of Parisian connoisseurs. Alfredo Germont, a handsome young manfrom a wealthy family, is amongst the guests. He is mesmerized byVioletta’s beauty and as the reception comes to an end confesses hislove to her. Violetta is stunned. She tells Alfredo about herreputation and explains that a long-lasting relationship will beimpossible. But after the guests depart Violetta begins to wonderwhether Alfredo could be the man she loves for the rest of her life.
Violetta and Alfredo are in the French countryside. They are in love.Alfredo is unaware that Violetta has sacrificed all of her savings soshe could afford their trip. Alfredo temporarily leaves and his father,Giorgio, appears begging Violetta to walk away from his son. Hestresses that because of her reputation her relationship with Alfredowill always be questioned. Giorgio also makes it clear that his familywill never accept Violetta. The beautiful courtesan is heartbroken. Sheleaves a note for Alfredo explaining her sudden decision to part waysnot mentioning Giorgio’s wish.
Violetta is back escorting affluent men. She is in a forcedrelationship with Baron Douphol. Alfredo appears and takes a seat at alarge gaming table where Barone Douphol, Violetta, and other guestshave been playing cards. Violetta attempts to discretely tell Alfredoto leave. Enraged he humiliates her in front of everyone. BaroneDouphol challenges Alfredo to a duel.
Violetta is dying. Giorgio sends a letter explaining that Alfredo haswon the duel. He also reveals that his son has found the truth aboutVioletta’s shocking decision to leave. When Alfredo and his ruefulfather finally appear at Violetta’s bed she could barely breathe.Shortly after she dies in Alfredo’s hands.