In a restaurant on a swipe station in Amiens to enjoy the rich Guillot de Morfontaine and the tax farmers Brétigny with three girlfriends Pousette, Javotte and rosette. As the approach of a group of travelers is announced, the curious the immediate vicinity, including the guard Lescaut, who pick up his cousin Manon and should accompany the monastery gather. In fact, the young Manon is among the arrivals and charmed by her beauty all around him, including Guillot, who offers a life of luxury the girl to a love affair. Manon has the offer though, but feels irresistibly attracted by the wealth. Since the Chevalier Des Grieux appears. Scarcely seen the young noblewoman the girl, he's already madly in love. Manon, who also takes a liking to him, flees to Paris with him. However, the time that the young lovers spend together is very short, as Manon the wooing of rich Brétigny finally gives way. The Chevalier Des Grieux is in addition to his father, the old Count Des Grieux, forcibly abducted command to be brought back to the right path. Some time later, Manon accidentally discovers that the young Des Grieux is just about to enter the priesthood. She looks for him then to the monastery of Saint-Sulpice. After only a few seductive words, it is Manon again succumbed and flees with her. As Manon not still want to be without the luxury of Des Grieux is ready to improve his financial situation in gambling in seedy hotel Transsylvanie. The present there Guillot staged a scandal, Des Grieux accused of false game and brings the police, Manon and Des Grieux arrested. The latter is indeed set by his father at liberty again, Manon but to be exiled to America. But the hardships in prison have broken it. She died on the way to the harbor in the arms of Des Grieux '.