Young Frank Trent ( Robert Harron ) has been raised in a well mannered, noble fashion by his father. In spite of this he goes to the city where he acquires a job as an aide with unscrupulous Senator Briggs ( Wilbur Higby ). He learns the Senator who is supporting the incumbent mayor, plans to discredit his opponent, Mrs. Burke, ( Loyola O'Connor ) by spreading a story that her adopted daughter Margaret ( Colleen Moore ) is her illegitimate child. This dirty dealing does not sit well with Frank, and he quits his job with a resolution to prove Mrs. Burke's innocence. He travels to New Orleans to obtain vital records that show Mrs. Burke adopted Margaret after her parents were killed in a train wreck. Along the way he must dodge the henchmen Briggs has sent after him, but the young man manages to obtain a diary written by the child's doctor, which validates Mrs. Burke's story as truth. When Frank returns with the evidence, he learns his father James Trent, is actually James Burke, Mrs. Burke's husband who left her because of the scandal. Frank having proved Margaret was really adopted acquits Mrs. Burke of all charges, she wins the election and the heart of her husband, while young Frank wins the love of Margaret.
What a tragic loss this silent film is for fans of the talented but ill-fated actor Robert Harron. This was also Colleen Moore's second credited film. Young Mildred Harris is credited as having an unnamed part, she would soon become Charlie Chaplin's first wife. Fans of silent cinema can only hope a copy of this lost dramatic gem, someday resurfaces.
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