Of the musical career of foreign born Anthony Carlos, this retails much of the backstage manoeuverings of the opera-concert profession. Carlos' one aim is to get to the top and for that all else can be sacrificed. First to go is his Italian born wife and child next any allegiance to the ""Met"" fame he might have had, and- reaching one pinnaele- he turns on the manager who has helped him to success. Lisa, his second wife, is able to accept his selfishness, but finally smashes their marriage when a friend's daughter commits suicide because of her affair with Carlos and her pregnancy. Picturing an artist whose voice is his alibi for entire self-absorption, his omnipotence in the lives of others, this debunks the glamour of a public star.