Milton Sills stars as Nicki, a popular puppeteer who returns from the battlefields of WWI deaf as a post. He soon discovers that his sweetheart Angela (Gertrude Olmstead) has become engaged to his former wardrobe master Bruno (Francis McDonald). Before the story can metamorphose into a modern-day Pagliacci, a backstage fire breaks out at Nicki's puppet theater. Bruno behaves like a craven coward during the conflagration, but Nicki valiantly saves everyone from a horrible death. As a result, Angela vows eternal devotion to Nicki -- whose hearing has been restored in all the excitement. John F. Goodrich adapted the screenplay from a theatrical piece by Frances Lightner.
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