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Mrs. Balfame, the social leader of the town of Elsinore is married to a drunken and brutal man. While attending a club meeting, she listens to a speech by her friend Dr. Anna Steuer, stating that many women are glad to be rid of their husbands--the beasts who made war possible. Later, Dr. Steuer shows Mrs. Balfame an untraceable poison, and with her friend's words echoing in her mind, she decides to kill her husband. The opportunity presents itself when Mr. Balfame, after a drunken saloon brawl, telephones his wife and asks her to fix him a drink and pack his bags because he must leave town. Mrs. Balfame complies, lacing his lemonade with poison, and then, seeing a man lurking on the grounds, takes a revolver and hurries to scare him off. Freida, the maid, sees Mrs. Balfame leave the house, and when Mr. Balfame is shot and killed upon nearing the house, Mrs. Balfame is arrested on Freida's testimony and charged with murder. Although she is defended by young attorney Dwight Rush, who is in love with her, a guilty verdict seems certain until Dr. Steuer, on her deathbed, confesses to the killing. Once acquitted, Mrs. Balfame sends Rush back to his young sweetheart and faces life alone.
This film was produced at Frank Powell's studios in College Point, NY. Actress Agnes Eyre was also known as Agnes Ayres. Nance O'Neil and Alfred Hickman were married at the time of the production. Although Wid's lists Clara S. Beranger as the scenarist, no other source confirms this.