Margaret Illington's stage career was on the wane, so she landed herself a motion picture contract with Paramount. In her cinematic debut she did a dual character turn, playing half-sisters -- the nice girl, Mary Stephani, and Vesta Boris, a notorious dancer. Two Balkan countries, Nordhoff and Zandria, are enemies. Stephan Stephani (Winter Hall) has come to Zandria with his daughter Mary to dig up war secrets. Mary falls in love with Zandrian soldier Paul Ekaid (Jack Holt), but when the animosities between the warring nations heat up, Stephan and Mary head for the border. There Mary encounters Vesta. Vesta has murdered Count Wenzel (Noah Beery) and stolen some plans. She sees Mary at the depot and convinces her to exchange passports. Vesta goes into Nordhoff with a copy of the plans written in invisible ink, and Mary winds up being arrested. She is to be shot at sunrise, but Vesta returns and sacrifices herself by changing places with Mary. Peace is declared between the two countries, and Mary is reunited with Paul.
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