Helen Murray is an Irish-American Milwaukeean. Helen works in a laundry, teaches piano and voice, and plays piano at the movie house to make money until her acting career takes off. On the stage, she’s known as Helen Du Monde. Her love of the arts and aspirations for fame worries her family, who fear for her prospects at marriage, though she is dating a stage manager of a local theater and another young man who is an avid bicyclist. Helen’s dream is to leave Milwaukee to join a vaudeville troupe and tour western theaters on the Orpheum Circuit, as she believes the future center of entertainment will be the American West.