At the suggestion of his father, Colonel Slocum Castleton (Frank Keenan), young Rodney Castleton (Charles Ray) leaves his home in the South to expand his mind in New York City. Things don't work out that way, however, as Rodney becomes engaged to a trollop, Viola Bretagne (the vampy Louise Glaum). The Colonel comes up to meet this "sweet young thing" that Rodney holds dear and sees through her immediately. He takes the girl out for a night on the town himself just to show Rodney what she's really like, and this temporarily squelches the relationship. But after the old man leaves, the wily Viola gets Rodney drunk and hustles him into a marriage. Needless to say, the Colonel is less than thrilled when his boy comes home with Viola in tow. He takes her on a carriage ride and offers her money to leave Rodney. When she refuses, he rides the carriage over a cliff, killing them both.
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