French village girl Veronique Sauvait (Louise Vale) is in love with a young man, Jean Tascheron (Franklin Ritchie). But her father (Jack Drumier) insists that she marry old Graslin, the richest man in the province (Charles H. Mailes). Being a good daughter, she complies, but thoroughly regrets it. Jean leaves home, but when he returns, his romance with Veronique heats up again. The couple decide to run away together, and to get the money, they plot to steal the stash of an old miser. But the miser interrupts them and Jean is forced to kill him. The crime is traced back to him and he is arrested. He is offered clemency if he will reveal his partner in the crime, but he refuses to incriminate Veronique. So Jean is sent to the guillotine and Veronique's baby is born the day of the execution. There seems to be no country parson anywhere in this picture, or in the Balzac story on which it was based.
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