Forest ranger, Dick Rance ( Arthur Shirley ), arrests Black Scotty ( Lon Chaney ) for wilful burning of the forest and for hunting out of season, and Scotty swears vengeance on the ranger. Later that same day, Rance rescues a girl whose canoe was overturned by her escort, and realizes she is his former sweetheart Grace Milton ( Cleo Madison ), who he left when he found her in the arms of John Harding ( Millard K. Wilson ). Harding, in fact, was her date that day, and he follows her when she goes to Rance's cabin to thank him. Rance is very cold and unforgiving with Grace, but Harding worries that he will steal her away. He meets Scotty, and the two scheme together. Grace writes Rance, asking him to meet her at Pine Cove, but her pride does not allow her to mail the note. Harding retrieves the letter and sends it to Rance, while he and Scotty set a trap for him. Rance is captured by Harding while Scotty sets fire to the King Pine, the oldest and grandest tree in the forest. Rance overpowers Harding and races to the scene of the fire in time to control it. The burning King Pine topples onto Scotty and kills him. Rance is rewarded for his bravery, and is reunited with Grace.
This 1915 silent drama was filmed on locations in Bear Lake Valley, California. Sadly it now remains a lost silent film.
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