It is incomprehensible now, but being of illegitimate birth once carried a terrible social stigma, and that issue is forcefully addressed in this picture. Mary (Zena Keefe) has a hard life because her father died before he was able to marry her mother (also played by Keefe). After growing up in a foundling home, she is adopted as a teen by a cruel farmer, Peters (Lionel Belmore), who turns her into a virtual slave. Her only friend is Seppe (Paul Doucet), a deformed youth who is also illegitimate. After Peters beats her for talking to a young doctor (Niles Welch) passing by, she runs away and finds work with at the hospital run by the doctor's father (Jack Dunn). The doctor, Donald Strong, falls in love with her and proposes, but when he finds out about her background, he breaks off their engagement. Peters goes to court in an attempt to make the girl return to the farm, but Seppe shoots him so that she can stay at the hospital. Peters, however, is only wounded, so the doctor proposes once again. This time Mary turns him down and goes away with Seppe.
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