Even though Alice Guy-Blache was one of the cinema's female pioneers, she apparently bought into the values of her era, which included the expectation that women put home above career. That attitude is reflected in this feature-length drama. Mrs. Manning (Catherine Calvert) is pursuing a medical career, and her husband (Frank Mills) is just as intent on his own business concerns. No one is at home to take care of their daughter Louise (Kittens Reichart) except for some careless servants. Louise becomes depressed and lonely, and she runs away with an African-American newsboy. The little girl is believed to have drowned, and Manning leaves his wife; she has a nervous breakdown, recovering only when Louise is located and returned home. Manning, who found her while he was investigating child labor, returns home as well and the couple resolve to pay more attention to their daughter.
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