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Little Kitty Vane loves both Alan Trent and his cousin, Gerald Shannon, but she loves Alan more, and makes him promise to marry her when they grow up. Even as adults, the three are inseparable, but when England and Germany go to war in 1914, it is still Alan whom Kitty wants to marry, and when the cousins are on leave, Alan proposes. Although Gerald also loves Kitty, he gives them his blessing, but the two cannot marry when the leave is suddenly cancelled. Wanting to be with Alan as long as possible, Kitty spends the night with him before he leaves for France. They go to an inn together without telling anyone, and when Kitty's cousin, Lawrence Bidley, sees Alan, he assumes that Alan is spending the night with someone else. When Gerald learns, Alan still refuses to reveal that Kitty was with him, and the two men become estranged. Gerald refuses to grant Alan a leave in France, and one night Gerald sees Alan apparently die in an explosion. Kitty has sensed Alan's death, and when Gerald tells his feelings of guilt, she reveals that she was the woman at the inn. Gerald does not return home immediately after the war, but when he does, he begins to see Kitty. Meanwhile, Alan has returned to England but is still living under an assumed name. Because he was blinded in the war, he refuses to let his family or Kitty know that he is alive. He becomes a successful writer of children's books and has built an entirely new life. When his friend Sir George Barton visits him in the country, he tells Alan that Gerald and Kitty are engaged when he sees their picture in a magazine because he recognizes them as the same people who were in a photograph of Alan's. When Alan, George and some local children go fishing the next day, they accidentally come upon Gerald and Kitty, who are staying nearby, when Kitty falls from her horse during a fox hunt. Kitty and George don't see Alan, but George tells Gerald about his friend who has kept a picture of Kitty and Gerald and Gerald realizes that the man must be Alan. Gerald and Kitty go to Alan's cottage, but Alan doesn't want their pity, and so pretends that he can still see but does not want to go back to his old life. Kitty and Gerald discover the truth, however, and Kitty goes to Alan, telling him that she never stopped loving him. They embrace and promise to be with each other always.