When nasty factory owner Edmund Stark has brought his workers too much misery, they finally revolt. A group of them attack his home, but are calmed down by Mary Martin (Mary Nash). She goes to Stark herself and urges him to change his ways, reminding him of the romance they had that almost ruined her, and that the man she later married lost his life in his mill. Before she leaves she hands him a copy of Edgar Allen Poe's poem, "The Conqueror Worm," and suggests he read it. As he does he falls asleep and has a dream in which he sees his life fly before him in all its meanness and selfishness. The dream ends with his body being eaten by worms and his soul being thrown into the flames of hell. Then he wakes up to find his factory in flames. The scenarist for this three-reeler, the reverend C.J. Harris, made the lofty claim that he used both the Poe poem and Shakespeare's "The Seven Ages of Man" for inspiration.
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