Because of a trite story, this drama isn't up to director William C. De Mille's usual high standards. Mary (Betty Compson) weds wealthy Norman Carter (Robert Edeson) only to provide a home for her invalid father (the always entertaining Theodore Roberts). When she visits friends at a mountain lodge, she meets John Talbot (Theodore Von Eltz), who is much closer to her age, and they fall in love. Talbot never learns her last name, but knows she is married so he tries to forget her. Later on he goes to work for Carter and confides in him. Carter insists on bringing him home so that he can forget his infatuation. Unfortunately, he's face-to-face with her the moment he reaches the Carter residence. Although they try to hide it, their love is clear to both Carter and his sister, Laura (Kathlyn Williams). On the night Talbot comes to Mary's room to tell her goodbye, a fire breaks out in the house. The pair are trapped in Mary's room and are discovered by Carter. Carter realizes that Mary will never love him, so he offers to divorce her while Talbot is away in Italy.
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