Maurice Travers (Robert Gordon) attends college, funded by the sweat and blood of his widowed mother (Blanche Davenport). But he spends too much time on sports and not enough on his studies and flunks out. He elopes with Donna Wayne (Virginia Lee), the flirtatious daughter of a wealthy man and they go to the big city. Meanwhile, Madeline Marshall (Madeline Claire), the girl back home who really loves him, takes care of his mother, who is going blind. She sells a collection to Donna's father (Frederick Burton) and tells old Mrs. Travers that the money came from her son. When the mother dies, Madeline goes to the city to find Maurice and discovers that he is miserable with his selfish, shallow wife and has been arrested for striking an officer. Madeline goes to the courtroom and gets him a pardon because of the death of his mother. Maurice and Donna divorce and he ends up with Madeline. This picture was adapted from the Honore de Balzac story, Meditations on Marriage.
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