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In a drunken fog, Gene Stewart makes a bet with Sheriff Hawes that he will marry the next girl he sees, and when a pretty girl gets off the train, he compels Padre Marcos to marry them. Horrified to discover that she is Majesty Hammond, the sister of his employer, Al Hammond, Gene apologizes to Al, and Majesty, amused, defends him. While Gene is in Mexico, Don Carlos, Stewart's enemy, kidnaps Majesty, but Gene rescues her. Don Carlos and his men plan to have Gene illegally executed in Mexico, and he is facing the firing squad when Majesty and a group of riders arrive to save him. Majesty realizes that she loves Gene, and the two begin their married life together.
Grey's novel was originally serialized in Munsey's Magazine in 1913. Some scenes were filmed in Mexico, New Mexico, and Arizona. There was a pre-release screening in New York on October 9, 1918. Grey's novel was filmed again three times: in 1925 by Famous Players-Lasky, with Jack Holt starring and William K. Howard directing (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30; F2.3069); in 1930 by Famous Players-Lasky, with Richard Arlen starring and Otto Brower and Edwin H. Knopf directing (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30); F2.3070); and in 1940 by Paramount, with Victor Jory starring and Leslie Selander directing (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40; F3.2487). Selig Polyscope Co. produced a version of the novel in 1916, but because of an injunction, they retitled and recut the film, which was entitled The Heart of Texas Ryan and released in 1917.