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Alice Loring's contented life with her husband Thomas and son Harry is disrupted with the appearance of her former lover, the wealthy Stephen Brooks, who had taken advantage of her youthful innocence years earlier. Through Brooks's intervention, Thomas loses his job and his subsequent failure in finding other employment results in his death. Alice earns a living for herself and her son as a dressmaker and becomes so successful that she is able to send Harry to college. At school, Harry meets and falls in love with Brooks's daughter Grace, but her father refuses to permit the match when he learns that his daughter's fiancé is Alice's son. Harry proves his true worth, however, when he saves Brooks's son Robert from a burning laboratory. Later Brooks asks Alice to forgive him for his unmanly actions, thus allowing Alice to triumph over the past through her son's valor.
Part of the plot bears a similarity to Evelyn Nesbit-Thaw's own life. Her husband, Harry Thaw, killed architect Stanford White, his wife's former lover. Part of his defense was that White had taken advantage of Mrs. Thaw when she was very young. Russell Thaw was Harry and Evelyn Thaw's son. Nils T. Granlund was the film's advertising and publicity manager. The film opened in New York on May 21, 1917. Other films that purport to be based on the Thaw-White-Nesbit case are: Twentieth Century-Fox's 1955 The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing, starring Ray Milland, Joan Collins, and Farley Granger and directed by Richard Fleischer; and Paramount's 1981 Ragtime, starring Elizabeth McGovern and directed by Milos Forman.