In early 1918, the U.S. was in the thick of World War I, so patriotic films were legion. This one is primarily a period piece involving Lieutenant Philip Nolan (Arnold Daly), who backs Aaron Burr (Charles Graham) in his dispute with Alexander Hamilton (Duncan McRae). After the duel, and Hamilton's death, Nolan works with Burr to establish a southwestern empire and winds up on trial for treason. He curses the United States, so the judge sentences him to spend his life as a prisoner on a man-o-war, never to hear of the United States again. He leaves his newly-wed wife, Agnes (Anna Lehr), without knowing that she is pregnant. Every mention of the United States is kept from him, and he watches as stars are added to the flag, never knowing why. He dies during the Civil War era, when his grandson (also played by Daly) is fighting for the Union. When the grandson is himself an old man, he inspires his own cynical grandson (again played by Daly) to join the army and fight in Europe.
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