The wheels begin turning in Joan of the Woods when big-city lawyer Philip Wentworth (George MacQuarrie) impulsively marries a mountain girl, only to immediately neglect and betray her. When the woman dies, her daughter Joan is adopted by an elderly pawnbroker (Dore Davidson), while Wentworth callously takes a second wife. Years pass: Wentworth's grown stepson Norman (John Bowers) strolls into Travers' pawnshop, where he meets Joan, now a lovely young woman (played by June Elvidge). Falling in love, Norman and Joan marry but keep their marriage a secret so as not to cause friction with Norman's snooty family. When Joan's baby is born, the pawnbroker suspects the worst and kicks her out. Eventually the baby dies, whereupon Joan is accused of killing the child. She is hauled into court, where her fate rests in the hands of her own father, now a district judge. An eleventh-hour plot development straightens the whole mess out.
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