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Frank Melbury, an architect whose drinking has made him a social outcast, and "Lovey," his derelict friend, are both hungry, so Frank burglarizes Regina Barry's home. He takes food and jewels, but when he overhears Regina telling her friend Elsie of her dissatisfaction with her fiancé Dr. Stephen Cantyre because she desires more out of the ordinary man, he decides to return the jewels. He is confronted by Regina, but she allows him to flee. Frank and "Lovey" then seek the help of "The City of Comrades," a social welfare home for the regeneration of derelicts. There Frank is helped by Dr. Cantyre, and is so reformed that he gets a job as an architect. Regina does not recognize him when they meet again, but he later reveals himself and she rejects him. He then enlists in the Canadian forces and is blinded in the Halifax explosion. Later, when Regina is about to marry Cantyre, she hears that Frank is ill in the hospital. She nurses him and agrees to be his wife.