Just before World War I breaks out, American Geoffrey West (Edward Earle) is in London. While having breakfast at the Carlton, he sees Marion Larned (Betty Howe) at the next table with her father (Frank Norcross). He notices that she is looking at the personals columns in the daily paper, so he posts one himself asking if he may meet her. She's intrigued, so she responds that if he writes her interesting enough letters, they can meet. So West weaves a convoluted tale about German spies, suicides and murder. In his last letter he reveals that he is the murderer. Marion is sympathetic to his plight, but war has just been declared and her father wants to get her back to their home in Texas. She manages, however, to tell West she is about to sail away, and he takes the same steamer. They get together on board and he admits that he made up everything he wrote, so if nothing else he has a colorful imagination. This picture was based on a Saturday Evening Post story, "The Agony Column," written by Earle Derr Biggers (the author of Seven Keys to Baldpate).
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