This bleak French film retells the adventures (sexual and otherwise) of Justine, from a book by the notorious Marquis De Sade. Justine (Alice Arno) is a poor serving girl who tries to maintain her virtue and her standards. Unfortunately, she is victimized by everyone she encounters. She is sent to jail by an early employer because she refuses to steal. In another scene, the man she saves from a gang of outlaws rapes her. Once again she is victimized by a sodomitical pair when she won't help them kill one of their aunts. Finally, just as she is about to find some real help, lightning strikes.