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Aaron King, a promising young artist, is commissioned to paint the portrait of Mrs. Taine, a wealthy woman of the world. King naïvely renders Mrs. Taine as an idealized beauty until he meets Sybil, an innocent young girl who lives next door. In the contrast between the two women, King sees Mrs. Taine as lustful and designing and so paints a new portrait of her. Discovering King's portrait of Sybil, Mrs. Taine, in a jealous rage, accuses the girl of improper relations with the artist. Ashamed, Sybil runs away to the mountains, where she is kidnapped by James Rutledge, a man who has designs on her. King locates Rutledge's hideout, and in the ensuing fight between the two men, Rutledge falls to his death. Meanwhile, Mrs. Taine has discovered the unflattering portrait that King has painted and threatens to ruin both his and Sybil's reputations. She is prevented from doing so by Conrad La Grange, a novelist who is familiar with Mrs. Taine's sordid past, and thus the two young people are free to pursue their love.