This convoluted drama involves the Byzantine affairs of two sisters. Judge Baxley, a proponent of capital punishment, lives to regret his stance. His secretary, Duncan, asks for the hand of the judge's daughter, Olive (Lenore Ulrich). Baxley approves the match, even though she isn't interested --she's in love with Jim Armsby (Sydney Mason), the fiancé of her sister, Vivian. But Vivian has gotten herself in trouble gambling with Duncan, and to save her, Olive agrees to the union. Because Jim is suspicious of both Vivian and Duncan, he postpones his marriage, although Olive goes ahead and weds Duncan. In the bridal suite, Olive confronts Duncan. Vivian, meanwhile, faced with her own disgrace, commits suicide. Jim rushes over to the hotel where Duncan and Olive are and hears a shot. He finds Olive on the floor of the room -Duncan has jumped out the window. Jim believes Olive, who is only slightly wounded, has killed her new husband and to protect her, claims he pushed him out the window. Jim is tried for murder and sentenced to death. Although Olive and her father beg the governor to intervene, he refuses. A crowd surrounds the gallows. At the last minute a witness who had gone to South America returns to exonerate Jim. The mob tears down the gallows and sets it on fire.
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