Dorothy Phillips has a dual role in this picture, as pickpocket "Flash" Fan, and her sister, innocent shopgirl Mary Graham. The two live next door to each other in a boarding house, and when Mary collapses from starvation, Fan gives her a checkered coat. Unfortunately, the police have identified Fan as "the girl in the checkered coat," and they arrest Mary. However, they discover they have the wrong girl and let her go. Mary finds work with Mrs. Maitland (Mrs. A.E. Witting) and love with David Norman (William Stowell). But Mrs. Maitland's nephew Hector (Lon Chaney) wants to steal her valuables and gets Fan to help him out. The pair are foiled, which only serves to bring Mary and David closer together.
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