To save his crown, a distraught King of Bohemia comes incognito to 221B Baker Street to seek the help of Sherlock Holmes. Holmes quickly sees through the man's disguise. The throne is threatened by a photograph of the King and Irene Adler taken five years previously. She is threatening to reveal it, now that the King is planning to marry someone else the second daughter of the King of Scandinavia. Holmes makes valiant efforts to retrieve the document, but Irene Adler outwits his every move. On her marriage to Godfrey Norton, a lawyer, she indicates that she will keep the letter to safeguard herself from any steps against her in the future. She also leaves a photograph of herself for the King, which Holmes asks as payment for his services. To quote Watson, "When he speaks of Irene Adler, or when he refers to her photograph, it is always under the honorable title of THE woman."