At a birthday feast for King Herod, his stepdaughter, princess Salome discovers the imprisoned John the Baptist and is immediately infatuated with him. Rebuffed by the prisoner, Salome entices her lecherous stepfather with the promise of completing the erotic Dance of the Seven Veils, if the King will grant her one wish. Herod agrees to any wish in order to have his desire sated. Following the dance, Salome demands the head of John the Baptist. Herod offers her anything but that, and Salome stubbornly refuses to change her wish. Realizing his attempt to change her mind is futile, Herod reluctantly orders the beheading and shortly thereafter orders the death of his stepdaughter.