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In a corner of the southern swamplands, Grimes and his sullen, halfwitted wife and brutal son, Ambrose, maintain a farm for unwanted children, who are mistreated, nearly starved, and virtually imprisoned by their evil guardians. Mama Mollie, the oldest of the children, protects the others as best she can and bolsters their courage by having them believe that God will care for them as He does for the sparrows. A child (Doris) is kidnaped from the city, and Grimes tells his son to throw her into the swamp to keep the police off his trail; Mollie rescues her from Ambrose and battles Grimes with a pitchfork, then plans an escape with her band of "sparrows." After miles of dangers through the alligator-ridden swamp, the children find the police trailing Grimes; his wife and son are arrested, but the kidnapers escape and are pursued by motorboat and end in watery deaths. Mollie finds happiness at last when her entire brood is adopted by a millionaire.