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Ann Church, a 19-year-old girl who looks much younger, meets Major Seymour on a boat sailing from Liverpool to Bombay. Ann falls in love with the handsome young military man and makes numerous innocent advances toward him, but he remains unmoved, deterred both by her youth and by the fact that he once was in love with her mother. When Gilchrist, another passenger, takes advantage of the girl's innocence and places her in a compromising position, Major Seymour, in an effort to save the girl's reputation, asks her to marry him. Ann accepts, but when they arrive in Bombay, Gilchrist tells Ann that Seymour had an affair with her mother, and Ann breaks off the engagement. Seymour then follows Gilchrist to his apartment and thrashes him. Ann prepares to return to England alone, and Seymour forces Gilchrist to tell the girl that his relationship with her mother was purely platonic. The lovers are reunited and are later married by the ship's captain on the high seas.