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Jeremiah Judkins, a lighthouse keeper, finds a little girl washed ashore tied to a spar. The kindly old man adopts the child, and she assists him in his duties. Jeremiah falls asleep one night, and the light goes out. As a result of this neglect of duty, a yacht is beached near the lighthouse. One of its passengers, Isabelle Morton, then visits the lighthouse and identifies the little girl, known only as Captain January, as the child of a sister who was killed nearby in an accident at sea. Isabelle then takes the child with her, but the little girl is unhappy in her new home. At the first chance, Captain January returns to the lighthouse keeper, and the Mortons realize that the old man and the little girl are inseparable companions. The Mortons then make room for the old man in the child's new home, bringing happiness to all alike.