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Alone and unprotected in an isolated wilderness cabin, Ruth Jordan is discovered by three drunken brutes who begin to barter for her. In desperation, she appeals to Stephen Ghent, the least degraded of the desperadoes, promising herself to him if he saves her from the others. Ghent buys off Shorty with a chain of gold nuggets and knocks Dutch senseless. Ghent then sends Dutch off with Shorty and takes Ruth to the next town, where he forces her to marry him. During the 3-day ride across the desert to Ghent's gold mine, the idealistic Ruth learns that he is a man of rough passions. Ruth, later located by her brother, returns with him to his ranch. Having fallen in love with Ruth, Ghent goes to fetch her; but she refuses to go away with him and becomes desperately ill. Ghent rides to a distant village and gets a doctor; on the return trip, the doctor's horse falls and Stephen gives him his mount, placing himself in dire peril from a flood. A son is born to Ruth, and, when she hears of Stephen's heroic sacrifice, she realizes her love for him, and they are reconciled.
Other films based on the William Vaughn Moody play include the 1915 Lubin film. The Great Divide, directed by Edgar Lewis and starring Ethel Clayton and House Peters (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1911-20); the 1929 First National production, The Great Divide, directed by Reginald Barker and Starring Alice Terry and Conway Tearle (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30); and the 1931 First National production, Woman Hungry, directed by Clarence Badger and starring Sidney Blackmer and Lila Lee (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40).