A beautiful Spring afternoon in Paris. Hugo Arnold is intrigued by a young woman he notices on the subway platform. He follows her, gazes at her as she crosses and uncrosses her legs and wonders: "Is she a call girl?" Miriam Gwen is an actress. She leads Hugo from the underground labyrinth of the subway to the Church of Saint Germain. Naive and perverse in turn, she enflames his imagination with her stories, her erotic games and the promise of her touch. For she is a mistress of the art of controlling men's desire. Lying blindfolded and naked on the altar, Hugo offers himself up to the sophisticated caresses of the Ceremony of Love. But the beautiful Miriam proves to be a preying mantis. She ravishes her quarry in a feast of suffering and blood.