Stephen has to come up with a way to make more money in order to be able to marry his beloved. He has in his possession a pile of old love letters from a celebrated writer, deceased, at this time. She was called Margaret and was very much in love with Stephen. He finds out he can make lots of profits were he to have the letters published; but he hesitates because he had never really loved her and had not treated her very well. Since their relationship was never known by society at large; he resolves to sell them and publish them anonymously.