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After she is released from prison, Lydia Johnson accepts the offer of $10,000 from a crooked politician to frame his opponent, an uplifting civic leader, during a gubernatorial election campaign. Lydia impersonates the civic leader's long-lost daughter, and she is accepted into his house. When his campaign manager falls for her, and the civic leader and her wife prove to be very kind to her, Lydia experiences some doubts about the scheme and tries not to go through with it. After failing to secure some papers for the crook, Lydia is threatened by him and forced to call the civic leader and pretend that she is sick so that he will come to a certain address. The address is that of a disorderly house, and when he arrives, he is framed with a woman and arrested. With the election seemingly lost, the civic leader demands a town meeting, so that he can defend himself. Lydia, who, it turns out, actually is the civic leader's daughter, is held hostage by the crooks. Joe Burke, who devised the frame-up, but who has become her friend, is shot as he helps her escape. Although Lydia also is wounded slightly, she arrives at at the meeting to clear her father and relate that she is his daughter, who was kidnapped as a child.