Jack Snow, who wrote the screenplay for this underworld drama, supposedly based it on his own experiences. His contention was that criminals are molded by their environment -- a hotly debated issue in the 1910s. While he's away from the city, a gang leader falls in love with a country girl. He keeps his real profession from her and they wed, even though her parents disapprove. Back in the city, the gang leader gets in a fight during election time and winds up on the front page of the newspaper. The girl now realizes she has married a criminal and she leaves him. But the gang leader follows after her and tells her of his rough beginnings and how he never had a chance to make a respectable living. He wins his wife's sympathy, and when he swears to come live with her in the country and go straight, they reconcile.
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