Irene Rich plays a selfish and tragic figure in this drama based on a best-selling novel by Willa Cather. Marian (Rich) is married to Captain Forrester (George Fawcett), an elderly railroad magnate, but she longs for the romance that is lacking in her May-December relationship. She finds it in Frank Ellinger (John Roche), and they elope. But then Marian hears that her husband has gone broke after giving away his fortune to a workingman's bank, and she goes back to him. She believes that Ellinger will return to her, but she finds out that he is about to wed someone else. She tries to go to him, but when she misses the train, she turns to another young lover, Neil Herbert (Matt Moore). Herbert takes her back to Forrester, and after he dies, she drowns herself in alcohol. Herbert sticks by her until he discovers her with another man. Then he finally walks out on her in disgust. Years later, Marian finally weds another old man, and moves away to South America.
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