Lionel Barrymore stars as an evil political boss in this heavy drama. James McQuade (Barrymore) is infatuated with Julia Calvert (Seena Owen), who is engaged to district attorney Daniel Harrington (Gaston Glass). To get her away from Harrington, McQuade frames her father for a crime. The only way Julia can save her father from doing time is to leave Harrington and wed McQuade. She agrees, but it's clear that she doesn't love her new husband. McQuade grows ever more suspicious and enlists the help of his brother, Robert (Martin J. Faust), to catch Julia, who he is convinced is still seeing Harrington. Actually, Robert is the one who is chasing after Julia, and when McQuade catches them together, he shoots him. Corinne Stratton, a chorus girl (Flora LeBreton), is accused of Robert's murder, but then McQuade discovers that she is his own daughter. He has the trial postponed for one day, then takes poison after writing a letter confessing that he is the murderer. With his death, Harrington and Julia are reunited, while Corinne is free to marry her sweetheart, Billy Gray (Joseph Striker).
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