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Jack De Quincy, just out of Oxford, is dispatched by his father to clean up the tough lumber camps on his northwest property, and he proceeds undercover without any outside help. At one of the rougher camps, Marie O'Neill, daughter of the superintendent, and her crippled brother hear of a "wildcat" who has cleaned up another camp up the river; and they dream of his arrival at camp. On the night of his arrival, Jack offends Pete by dancing with Marie against the bully's orders, a fight ensues in which Pete is badly beaten, and Marie refuses to associate with Jack. Pete and Dan, who are the camp bootleggers, order Jack from the camp after their liquor has been stolen; overhearing their plotting, Marie and her father follow the villains; they are captured, and Marie is put on a launch in the river. By a double ruse, Jack manages to capture both Dan and Pete and rushes to the river to save Marie from the gathering ice floes.