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Mary Tucker is a drudge on the impoverished farm of her widowed mother, a woman who actually wants to give her children a better life than she has had. When after the war the local men return from overseas, Ma Tucker wants Mary to wed Martin Wrenn, an ex-sergeant who enters the town, as two gossips point out, "still wearing his uniform." Wrenn gets back his old job as electrical lineman while ex-lineman Timothy Osborn, the man Mary loves, takes odd mending jobs because he is paralyzed from a war injury. As Ma Tucker is about to give Mary to Wrenn, Osborn regains his former strength, gives Wrenn a thrashing, and weds Mary.