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Gilbert Thurstan, deputy inspector of the British Civil Service Commission in India, is warned by his physician that his wife, Emily, cannot remain in the hot climate where he is stationed, and he applies to his superior, Vincent Chalmers, for a transfer. Chalmers, fascinated by Emily, sends Thurstan to a post in Kajra where the previous inspector died of fever, and Thurstan is able to send his wife to Simla, where Chalmers follows. While Chalmers seeks the favor of Mrs. Thurstan, her husband, fighting fever, clashes with Hindu fanatics and manages to quell the natives alone. Chalmers, repulsed by Emily, is conscience-stricken by visions of Thurstan dying and travels to Kajra to relieve him of his appointment. Thurstan is reassigned to another city, where his wife happily awaits him.