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Donald Anthony, foremost playwright of the United States, returns to his home in Magnolia Gap, Virginia, and proposes to Betty Fairfax, a pretty and talented local girl. She accepts and makes him promise to give her the lead in his next play. The play flops, and Donald tells her that she is too unsophisticated for the role. Betty then decides to remain in New York and be wicked. She moves into an apartment next to four gangsters; Donald comes to visit, and they throw him out. There is a gunfight, and a gangster is killed. In the excitement Donald rescues Betty, after which they are all arrested in a police raid. Betty retires from the stage and devotes herself to Donald.