Dr. Rownkee (Henry B. Walthall, who had recently starred in Birth of a Nation) is a brilliant young surgeon who loses his reputation and his girl because of his love for drink. Like all good cinematic alcoholics, he sinks to the gutter, pawning all of his possessions except for the gun with which he plans to kill himself. But before he gets ready to pull the trigger he stumbles into the wrong apartment where he finds a starving woman and her sick child. He pawns his revolver to buy them food and calls for an ambulance. But the doctor who sees the child says it is a hopeless case, that only Dr. Rownkee -- who is assumed dead -- could have helped. With that, Dr. Rownkee straightens up and immediately performs the operation. He returns to his former status, and to his girl.
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