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While traveling in Europe, American Mary Ward enchants Count Dario of Ruritania, who asks her to marry him. Promising to give him her answer later, Mary returns to the United States by way of Manila, where she learns that during Ruritania's surprise invasion of New York, her mother and sister were killed. Paul Strong, who has been appointed the U.S. Minister of Energies, accompanies Mary back to New York and then launches a campaign to raise an American army. Paul's sister Jane, who arouses the public by impersonating Joan of Arc at preparedness rallies, is shot, while Mary uses her influence with Count Dario, whose father heads the Ruritanian forces, to obtain enemy secrets. Later, Mary's brother Philip, blinded in battle, is reunited with his long-lost fiancée, Alice Renfrow, only to discover that her face has been disfigured. In the end, Paul leads an American army to victory, after which he and Mary, their arms around each other, gaze happily on a New York that is once again peaceful and prosperous.