Teddy Crosby ( Franklyn Farnum ) has inherited a cattle ranch from his eccentric uncle, "Coyote" Crosby ( Eugene Owen ), who has been shot by "Horned Toad" Smith ( Raymond Wells ). Teddy will get the ranch on the conditions that he live there for six months, and that he marry his distant cousin, Dorothy Stuart ( Marjory Lawrence ). Waughnt Moore ( Lon Chaney ) and his partner are crooked lawyers managing the estate, and they try to frighten Crosby so that he will sell the ranch cheap. Senorita Dolores ( Claire Du Brey ), an old flame of Teddy's uncle, goes to New York to try to extort money out of Teddy. Sir Mortimer Beggs ( Sam De Grasse ), a fortune- hunting Englishman, tries to convince Dorothy that Teddy is carrying on with her. When Dorothy and her mother learn that Teddy is heading west to the ranch, and that Dolores is on the same train, they take off after them. Moore sends word to Smith that Teddy is arriving, but Smith pulls his gun on the wrong man, who nearly plugs him when he turns out to be a faster draw. Teddy saves Smith from being shot, and the two become friends. Dorothy finds Dolores comfortably settled at the ranch, and is about to return East, when Smith's gang raids the ranch. Even though Smith has given them 12 hours to turn over the ranch, Teddy goes to town for the Fourth of July fireworks. Moore tries to get Dorothy to sign over her interest in the ranch, and to have Smith kill Teddy. A gang of Mexicans is sent to capture Dorothy, but when they storm the house and discover the wine cellar, they all get drunk. Dorothy is captured by Pedro, the leader, but is rescued by Teddy. Teddy is captured by Smith's gang and is about to be branded, when Dorothy brings the cowboys to the rescue. The cowboys defeat the gang and they find Smith wrapped in a blanket after Teddy has won all his clothes from him playing poker. Teddy gives Smith a job as foreman of the ranch, and he and Dorothy, as well as Smith and Dolores are married.
This 1917 silent western/drama was produced by the Universal Film Manufacturing Company, and sadly now remains a lost silent film.
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