The tale centers around Dick Heldar (Percy Marmont), an aspiring artist. Although he is devoted to his childhood sweetheart, Maisie Wells (Sigrid Holmquist), his ambition drives him to faraway places. He meets Torpenhow (David Torrence), a war correspondent, at Port Said, and accompanies him into battle. Heldar is badly injured by a sabre and when he returns to London, he meets up with Maisie once again. While searching for a subject for his masterpiece, Heldar finds Bessie Broke (Jacqueline Logan), a girl of the streets. He has her pose for him. When Torpenhow comes around and shows an interest in Bessie, Heldar chases him away. Bessie, angry at Heldar's interference, tries to destroy his relationship with Maisie. Heldar's eyesight starts going bad because of the sabre incident and a doctor tells him that he will be blind in a week. He pushes himself unmercifully to finish the painting, but Bessie slashes it. When she realizes that Heldar really has gone blind, she reunites him with Maisie, who takes him home with her.
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