Cast & Crew
Bob Hartley, formerly a powerful rancher, is now old and infirm and looked after by his Chinese servant Tsu Tsi. Bob decides to write to his only known relatives Mary Marsden and his nephew Jim Hartley, both of whom he has never seen, inviting them to come to his ranch, marry each other and inherit his wealth. When Mary, a schoolteacher in the East, receives Bob's letter she tells a pupil that a fairy godfather has found her. Jim, a wandering cowboy, falls victim to outlaw Jeff Kerr, also known as "The Fox." Kerr discovers Bob's letter to Jim after robbing the U.S. mail stage and decides to impersonate Jim after framing him for the robbery. As Mary nears the end of her journey to Bob's Circle Diamond ranch, the stagecoach in which she is riding is held up by a female robber, Marie La Monte who, when she is unable to find any cash on board, kidnaps Mary and takes her to her family's homestead. Upon discovering Bob's letter in Mary's satchel, Marie decides to impersonate her. Marie arrives first at the Circle Diamond and is warmly welcomed by Bob, who shows her a deed to the ranch that will become hers when he dies. When Kerr arrives, Bob makes plans for an immediate marriage ceremony to be conducted by a U.S. Marshal who is pursuing Jim. However, Tsu, who has been shot at by Marie when he discovered her attempting to steal the deed, encounters Jim and tells him of the events at the ranch. Jim, who had met Mary during her journey and is aware of her intended role, arrives in time to stop the ceremony and unmask the imposters. Marie returns to her home, followed by Tsu, then Jim. Mary is being forced to clean the La Monte home and endure the lecherous advances of Marie's brother, Pascale, but is eventually rescued by Jim. Meanwhile, Kerr and Marie have joined forces in an attempt to take over Bob's ranch. Jim and Mary arrive in time to stop Kerr from strangling Bob. After Jim defeats Kerr in a fistfight, Mary restrains Marie as the marshal tries to arrest Jim, until Bob tells him that he now realizes that Jim is truly his nephew. The marshal then arrests Kerr and Marie, and Bob is content to finally have his only kin with him for the rest of his days.
Madge Lorese Bates
In onscreen credits Louise Emmons' name is misspelled as "Louis." The exact relationship between "Bob Hartley" and "Mary Marsden" was not clearly delineated in the print viewed. She May be the daughter of a former sweetheart.