Mary is an avid reader of romantic novels. When Jed proposes to her, she tells him her lover must be brave and noble. Jed is disheartened, and Mary falls asleep and dreams she is in old Spain. She is working in a tavern when Alonzo, a rich and handsome young man, enters. Mary falls in love with him. The bandit El Belvidero and his sweetheart Paquita hatch a scheme to steal Alonzo's gold. Paquita flirts with Alonzo and asks him to serenade her later that night. Mary discovers that Alonzo will be drawn into a fight for serenading El Belvidero's sweetheart, so she follows the bandits and finds that Alonzo has killed El Belvidero. The other bandits have set upon Alonzo, so Mary climbs a church tower to ring the bells in alarm. The King and Queen come to the tavern looking for their son Alonzo, and hear the alarm. The bandits are captured. Mary, learning that Alonzo is a Prince, throws her arms around him, but he casts her aside. The King orders his executioner to behead Mary for her ...