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Katherine Nevin and her brother Jack are given positions on the newspaper of James Osborne following their father's death. Osborne's city editor, Charles MacLaughlin, who is hated and feared by his business associates, is strongly attracted to Katherine, who accepts his mother's invitation to dinner. In spite of his ruthless manner Katherine tries to change the atheistic views of "Mac" and his embittered crippled brother, Angus. Jack, who loves Osborne's daughter, Martha, discovers a case of graft involving the Mayor of Avenue A, who has been ruined by Osborne. The publisher becomes infuriated at Jack's attentions to Martha, and when Martha intervenes she is crippled by a fall and declared an invalid. Katherine is assigned by Osborne to make a film showing him as a philanthropic political candidate; the picture, called "The Unfoldment," shows, however, the characters as they are in real life. Osborne, stunned by the revelation and Martha's miraculous recovery, asks the "mayor's" forgiveness, and Angus kneels by his mother in prayer.