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To escape her dreary home life, Drucilla marries Ferdinand Smith, a missionary, and accompanies him to Africa. Frustrated with her husband's coldness and his cannibalistic converts, she returns to America. After Drucilla learns that Ferdinand has drowned, she marries the poet Forrest Smith, but soon tires of life in a cottage with an alcoholic husband. When she threatens to sue for non-support, he disappears. A note pinned to his clothes found at the seashore suggests suicide. Drucilla next marries Frank Smith, a wealthy athletic clubman, but his jealousy causes their separation. At a seaside resort, Forrest, alive, finds Drucilla. When she remarks that she is a bigamist, Ferdinand appears from hiding and corrects her, saying that she is a "trigamist." After the madly jealous Frank chases them through the hotel, Ferdinand, seeing that Drucilla really loves Frank, says that because seven years have passed since his disappearance, he is now legally dead, and since Forrest married her during the seven years, Frank is her only legal husband.