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In a New York speakeasy, Flo confronts Dan "Mac" McTeague, a rough-mannered oil prospector, who has come from South America to fetch her. Prompted by Mac, Flo sadly remembers her days in Panama: While a dancer in Sadie's Place, a tropical tavern, Flo becomes engaged to Babe Dillon, an aerial photographer for a newspaper syndicate. After Sadie fires her dancers and refuses to pay their transport back to New York, Babe tells Flo that he has to make a trip to the Amazon and that their wedding will have to be postponed for two weeks. Confident that Babe will return soon, Flo refuses his money and waits patiently for him at Sadie's. Two months later, Sadie persuades a penniless, lonely Flo to fleece Mac, who has just arrived from South America, of his roll of cash. At Sadie's saloon, Flo plies Mac with drinks and then sneaks his money roll to Pearl, a fellow stranded dancer who is sitting in a neighboring booth. Mac, however, has deduced Flo and Sadie's scheming and loudly exposes Flo as a thief. When Flo then discovers that Pearl has run off with Mac's money, Mac threatens to throw her in jail. Terrified, Flo pleads with Mac and agrees to be his housekeeper in South America to avoid imprisonment. As soon as she arrives in the South American jungle, where Mac has been prospecting for a huge oil field, Flo arms herself with a gun and shoots at Mac when he tries to invade her bedroom. The next night, a drunken Mac steals Flo's gun and is about to force himself on her when the arrival of Babe's airplane interrupts him. In secret, Babe, who is pretending to have engine trouble, tells Flo that he has come for her but advises her to act as though they are unacquainted with each other. Babe then pumps Flo for information about Mac's prospecting, explaining to her that he has been sent to investigate Mac's suspicious activities. While Mac is out in the jungle the next morning, Flo searches unsuccessfully for his papers, but Babe tears up the house until he finds them. When Flo then accuses him of theft, Babe viciously reveals that his mission was not to rescue her but to find the maps and sell them to the highest bidder. As a disillusioned Flo holds him at gunpoint, Babe knocks her out with a chair, causing her to discharge a shot. Flo regains consciousness and learns from Mac that Babe is dead and that Mac is sending her back to New York to avoid trouble. In the speakeasy, Flo concludes her story, then is told by Mac that he actually fired the fatal shot into Babe. Flo is at first angry and bitter at Mac, but reconciles with him when she discovers that he is now a millionaire and is truly in love with her.