A young, intelligent and sensitive young man inherits his father’s title in France during the early 1800’s. With a title and great wealth, his mother seeks a suitable young woman to be his bride; a woman who is equally wealthy and titled. A young woman of great beauty is chosen for him whose family agree to the match. While the young man is a serious, refined gentle man whose interests are in botany, the young woman has different ideas in which she wants to be socially prominent and not confined to plants and flowers.
Being a sensual young woman, she is attracted to a young boy, Zou Zou who works in their stable. He is wild and undisciplined, which makes him even more attractive to the girl. Their romance leads to her becoming pregnant before she marries the young Comte and the wedding is called off. The young Duquesa’s mother dies and she is left with great wealth and property. She has the young stable boy move in with her and soon, because of his dominance over the young Duquesa, he carelessly gambles and spends the young girl's money until there is very little left of her fortune. Their young son, with the stable boy’s background as a father, makes him unsuitable for any wealthy family as a son in law.
Zou Zou, always scheming talks the young Duquesa to talk to the Comte, the man she already jilted and cuckolded to have the Comte recommend him for a lucrative position. The Comte agrees to sponsor him but first, the young man must live with him so that the Comte can see if the young man has learned discipline and good values before recommending him for a position.
It has been 17 years since the breakup of the Comte and the now Duquesa. The Comte has been embittered for all these years and he has retired to his estate seeking only revenge. To protect himself from anybody, he has planted an enormous labyrinth to discourage anyone from visiting and has let it be known that in the center of the labyrinth, a great amount of money is buried. Like a spider setting a trap, the Comte hopes to ensnare Zou Zou. The story continues as the trap is set.