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In pre-Civil War Louisiana, plantation owner Timothy Reid is a generous man who values kindness to his slaves over the pursuit of profit. When Timothy dies in a carriage accident, the executorship to Timothy's nearly bankrupt estate is assigned to unscrupulous attorney Martin Dill. Dill, goaded by his greedy mistress Pauline, decides to sell the slaves and other assets of the plantation and depart for Paris with the proceeds. Meanwhile, Timothy's son Tim, who has inherited his father's good nature, appeals to innkeeper Jacques Bouton for help. Bouton befriends the boy and presents his case to Judge Ravenal. Upon hearing the facts, the judge intervenes to prevent the sale of the slaves, relieves Dill of his power, and thus saves the plantation.