When the selfish Laura Ward ( Pauline Frederick ) steals a large sum of money, her twin sister Agnes ( Pauline Frederick ) is mistakenly accused of the crime and sent to prison. Meanwhile, Laura abandons her sweetheart, alcoholic architect Richard Leigh ( Earle Foxe ), to marry an elderly millionaire named William Benedict ( Frank Losee ), but she soon renews her affair. When a detective catches the lovers together, Agnes, just released from prison, agrees to pose as Richard's mistress, thereby saving Laura's marriage. Through Agnes's influence, Richard is regenerated, and the two eventually marry. Later, however, Laura reappears, and Agnes finds Richard drinking and embracing her. In a rage, William shoots and kills Laura, but Agnes forgives her erring husband and takes him home.
This 1916 silent drama was produced by the Famous Players Film Company, starring popular silent screen actress Pauline Frederick. The survival status of Ashes of Embers is listed as unknown, sadly suggesting it may now be a lost silent film.
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