In 18th century France, the Marquise de Merteuil and the Vicomte de Valmont played a dangerous game of seduction. Valmont was someone who measured successfully by the number of his conquests and Merteuil challenged him to seduce the soon to be married Cecile de Volanges and provided proof in writing of his success. His rewarded for doing so will be to spend the night with Merteuil. He has little difficulty seducing Cecile but what he really wanted is to seduce Madame de Tourvel. When Merteuil learnt that he has actually felt in love with her, she refused to let him claim his reward for seducing Cecile.