Joseph C. Lincoln was a popular writer of the day who specialized in stories about life in Cape Cod, and this romantic drama is based on his book, The Rise of Roscoe Paine. Although Irene Castle gets star billing, the original title hints that most of the action centers around Ward Crane's character. The Coltons (Howard Truesdale and Emily Fitzroy) move to a small fishing village called Ostable, with their debutante daughter, Mabel (Castle) in tow. Mabel becomes intrigued by Roscoe Paine (Crane), a wealthy young idler who owns a strip of land that Colton wants to buy to please his wife. But Paine refuses to sell until finally one of his friends need the money. In spite of his apparent indifference, Mabel manages to infuse some ambition into Paine, who helps save her father from being ruined on Wall Street by a rival financier. Paine is rewarded with a good position at Colton's offices, and by winning Mabel's hand.
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