Part staged, part documentary, this picture was meant to help European soldiers blinded in World War I (the U.S. had not yet become involved in the fighting). It opens with a scene in the trenches, in which a solider is blinded, then goes on to show schools where the blind learn new trades. It is questionable whether this film, put on the market by the Permanent Blind Relief War Fund, did any good. At this point in time, most Americans were not that interested in the fighting overseas and wanted to keep out of it. In fact, the upheaval in Mexico going on at the same time was considered at least as newsworthy.