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After her parents separate, young Violet Dale is brought to Alaska by her father. Although her father tries to protect her from the sordidness of life in a lawless town, Violet must resort to working in a dancehall after he is killed after being caught cheating at cards. Despite her circumstances, Violet remains virtuous girl and earns the respect and admiration of the dancehall clientele. Frank Carson, a young man who has come to Alaska to seek his fortune, is attracted to Violet and asks her to marry him. When he shows her a portrait of his mother, Violet sees that it is a duplicate of a portrait she has of her own mother. Now realizing that Frank is her own brother, she refuses his proposal but does not tell him why. Some time later, Frank receives word that his mother is seriously ill and needs an expensive operation that they cannot afford. Desperate to help, Violet holds an auction at the dancehall to offer herself to the highest bidder. Rev. David Cromwell, a kind man who is in love with Violet and knows her predicament, makes the winning bid of $6,000, even though he does not have the money. Dancehall owner Buck, who is jealous of David's influence over the community, decides to lend him the money for three months on the condition that if David does not pay, he will belong to Buck for ten years. David eventually obtains the money and wins Violet's love.