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For Lieutenant Benjamin Franklin Pinkerton, marriage to Cio-Cio-San, known as Butterfly, is a casual convenience during his stay in Nagasaki. However, Cio-Cio-San takes the marriage very seriously. She converts to Christianity and accepts the estrangement from her family. Pinkerton returns to the USA. When he returns after three years, he is accompanied by his new wife. They come to take the child that Cio-Cio-San has borne after Pinkerton’s departure. She prepares the child for departure and takes her own life.

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