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Ruth Travers, the young niece and ward of Howard Mason, elopes with Chadwick Blake to ecape the advances of Gilbert Hilton, whom her uncle wants to force upon her to cover his embezzlement of Ruth's small fortune. She discovers too late that Blake already has a wife, but makes the best of the situation until Mason's death, just after he has made a lucky gambling coup, leaves her a little money. Determined to escape, she goes to a small town where minister Daniel Clarkson becomes interested in her. Because James Lawton had sought a marriage between Clarkson and his daughter, when Blake turns up, and Lawton learns the story, he denounces Ruth to the minister. When Clarkson learns the truth, he forgives Ruth and, knowing that he will lose his position, he enlists, promising to return and marry her when the war is over.