College football star Foster Calhoun (William Russell) doesn't know that alcoholism runs in his family. But when this tidbit is discovered by Oliver Bailey (Roy Stewart), Calhoun's rival on the football field and for the hand of Margaret Cummings (Helene Rosson), he uses it to his advantage. He has the gym masseur rub alcohol on Calhoun's face and then leaves a bottle in his room. The does the trick and Calhoun's subsequent drunkenness causes him to lose both the big game and his girl. After getting expelled for his drinking, Calhoun goes out West, accompanied by Crooky, a crippled newsboy (Robert Miller). Calhoun continues to drink and falls prey to the questionable charms of Roby, a dance hall floozy (Charlotte Burton). They marry, but when a fire breaks out in their cabin, he believes she has been killed and decides to quit the booze. After receiving an inheritance, he comes home -- sober -- and returns to Margaret. But Bailey tries one last trick and shows up with Roby, who isn't dead after all. Crooky, however, has proof that she was already married, thus invalidating her claim on Calhoun. So he and Margaret are free to reunite.
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