The husband and wife filmmaking team, Lois Weber and Phillips Smalley, co-star in this charming comedy-drama. Sunshine Molly makes her presence known when she arrives in a California oil town by carrying the heavy bundle of Old Pete (Charles Marriot). The O'Briens, who run the town's eatery and boarding house, know a hard worker when they see one and they immediately hire her. The oil workers all take to her, especially "Bull" Forest (Smalley), who pinches her. For this offense, Molly breaks a plate over his head and the other workers ostracize him. Pat O'Brien (Herbert Standing) has an oil well which finally starts gushing, making him and his family wealthy overnight. The O'Briens move to town, leaving the widow Budd (Adele Farrington) to look over their eatery. Mrs. O'Brien (Vera Lewis) turns pretentious and is determined to be accepted in polite society. With the help of a matchmaker, she finds a society man (Frank Elliott) to marry her daughter Patricia (Roberta Hickman), and she throws a reception to announce the engagement. The down-to-earth Mr. O'Brien disturbs the festivities by inviting the oil workers, much to Mrs. O'Brien's disgust. Back at the oil fields, the society man insists that Molly is a "jailbird." The workers expect Molly to deny this, but she admits it's true -- she was arrested for attacking a man who tried to have his way with her. She points to the society man and asserts that he has a scar on his left shoulder. Bull rips off the man's shirt to find this is true and chases him to an oil derrick. The society man climbs up a ladder which breaks, killing him. Bull is injured and while Molly nurses him, the pair at last fall in love.
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