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The members of a radical secret society decide that a wealthy citizen whom they despise must be disposed of. Cards are drawn, and the fatal ace of hearts falls to a young man named Forrest, who is in love with Lilith, a society member who is interested only in the cause but who nevertheless promises to marry him. Discovering that she actually loves him, Lilith begs him to flee, but he returns to the society declaring his inability to fulfill his task because he would have caused the death of two young lovers in the vicinity. The members meet to decide their fate, and Farralone, who has promised Lilith to save her husband, sets off a bomb, which kills the conspiratorial band.