After Bruce Burt ( William Farnum ) and his partner, Slim Naudain ( Charles Whitaker ), strike gold, Slim goes insane, and while trying to kill Bruce, falls on his own knife and dies. Then, concerned that Slim's family should get a fair share of the gold, Bruce locates Slim's sister Helen. Having heard of the fortune, however, J. Victor Sprudell ( H. A. Barrows ) determines to get it all for himself, and so decides that Bruce must be eliminated. As a result, Sprudell forges a diary and, showing it to Helen, claims that Slim wrote it. In the diary, Helen reads about Bruce's irrational behavior, and so comes to believe that it was Bruce who killed her brother. Before Bruce can be tried, however, a dance hall girl, whom he had once saved from being beaten up by a cowboy, decides to play the role of detective. She uncovers Sprudell's plot and forces him to confess, after which Bruce and Helen are married.
This 1916 silent western was based on the novel The Man from Bitter Roots by Caroline Lockhart and produced by the Fox Film Corporation. Starring William Farnum, the status of this film is listed as unknown, sadly suggesting it may now be a lost silent.
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