Jether (William Collier Jr.), a young man of Old Testament days, tends his father's sheep and longs to visit the big city. A caravan passes his way, and one of its members, Tisha, a priestess of the pagan goddess Ishtar (Greta Nissen), is attracted to the sheepherder. The wicked Tola (Ernest Torrence) convinces her to persuade Jether to ask his father (Tyrone Power Sr.) for his share in gold so he can join them. Jether spends all his money in wild living and completely ignores the prophet's warning of imminent destruction. When the young man's money runs out, Tisha casts him out, and during a banquet to Ishtar the city is destroyed. Jether, who never renounced God, is saved and he winds up tending swine for a rich man, and subsisting on the husks meant for the pigs. He finally shows up at his father's home and at first he is turned away. His father finally welcomes him home and kills the fatted calf to celebrate his return.
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