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In the small town of Quinine, Andrew Craig, the sheriff, and Rufus Sanborn, the blacksmith, both love Mary Mason. To impress Mary, Andrew buys a new set of clothes, but his choice amuses her. However, when others also laugh, Mary begins to be sincerely touched by his effort. Mary's mother encourages Percy Smallwood, who expects to inherit a fortune, to court Mary. After Mary turns down Andrew's proposal because of her mother, Percy is falsely accused of fathering the child of a cabaret girl in a neighboring village. When Mary, who is protecting Percy, promises to wed Andrew if he lets Percy escape, Andrew accepts, but when he learns of Percy's innocence, he offers to release Mary from the agreement. Later, when Sanborn is about to attack Percy, Andrew intercedes. After he thrashes Sanborn, Percy, whom Mary does not love, allows her romance with Andrew to continue uninterrupted.