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Barney Glasgow, the affable manager of a logging camp, is overjoyed that his men have done a good job this year. His commission means that he can go home and marry Emma Louise, his boss's daughter, and make a success of himself. Celebrating after the season, he and his friend Swan Bostrom go to a saloon where they are impressed by the singing and demeanor of Lotta Morgan. Lotta and Barney fall in love, but Barney cannot bring himself to give up his goal of wealth for love, and he leaves her. She then marries Swan, whom she regards as the kindest man in the world. Many years later, Barney has married Emma and has two grown children, Evvie and Richard. His only happiness comes from the feisty Evvie, who convinces him to visit Swan, whom he has not seen for several years. When Barney arrives at Swan's home, Lotta has been dead for some time, but her daughter, also named Lotta, is as beautiful as she. Barney becomes infatuated with the girl, who innocently thinks that Barney regards her as a daughter. He showers her and her cousin Karie with gifts, then brings them and Swan back to his home town, where he offers Swan a meaningless job. Because the town begins to gossip about Barney and Lotta, Richard goes to her home to confront her. They argue, but when she realizes that Barney's affection for her is not paternal, she and Richard become friends and soon fall in love. Meanwhile, Barney is upset to learn that Evvie plans to marry Tony Schwerke, a "beau hunk" who is a unionizer at Barney's factory and has invented a new, disposable paper cup with Richard. Barney also quarrels with Richard when he discovers that he and Lotta have been seeing each other, and arranges to have him sent to the family's New York factory. At a company party at Barney's house, Richard and his father again quarrel over Lotta and almost come to blows when Lotta warns Richard not to hurt Barney because he is an old man. Hurt and ashamed, Barney stands idly by as Richard and Lotta walk out of his life. Now alone, Barney is comforted by Emma, who tells him that she is glad that it is Richard who has gone away because she was worried that it might have been Barney. Barney then rings the dinner chime and calls out "Come and get it," with tears in his eyes.