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Widow Ellen McLean and her son, Parrish, arrive at widower Sala Post's Connecticut tobacco farm, where Ellen has taken a position as chaperon to Sala's willful daughter, Alison. Sala, however, resents the handsome young man's presence about the house, and Parrish strikes out on his own as a laborer in the tobacco fields. Almost immediately he has an affair with a farm girl, Lucy, and a short time later he becomes romantically involved with young Alison. When his mother marries unscrupulous tobacco tycoon Judd Raike, Parrish goes to work for his stepfather. The ruthless competitive tactics used by Judd and his two sons, Edgar and Wiley, repulse Parrish, and he quits his job and joins the navy. Offended, Alison promptly marries Wiley. Meanwhile, Lucy has become pregnant by Edgar. Two years later, Parrish returns and leases land from Sala, who has given up trying to fight Judd. Parrish is unable to hire fieldhands, who are terrified lest there be reprisals by the Raikes, but he gets unexpected support from young Paige Raike, Judd's daughter, who enlists her schoolmates to work weekends in the fields. The final showdown occurs when Edgar tries to set fire to Parrish's fields. As Parrish beats his opponent into abject submission before the watching fieldhands, Judd stands by without raising a hand to protect his son, silently acknowledging that Parrish has won his fight--and Paige.