Molly McGill, a scrub-woman, labors long hours so that her children will not have to face life in the slums. Driven to desperation after her husband and baby daughter are killed in the streets, and fearful that her little son Jimmy will suffer the same fate, Molly accepts the proposition of Harvey Brooks, a broker in one of the offices that she cleans, to become his mistress. Keeping her life a secret from her son, she places him in a vocational school. When Jimmy finishes his education, Molly returns to her life as a scrub-woman. Then one day she reads in the paper of an heroic act performed by Jimmy, who is now a fireman. Unable to resist temptation, she creeps past the fire station where she sees Jimmy with his sweetheart, Dora Palmer. Later the girl seeks employment as a stenographer in Brooks's office where Molly is again working, and she keeps a watchful eye on Dora. True to Molly's suspicions, Brooks attacks Dora and Molly springs to her aid. In the ensuing fight, Brooks is ... Written by
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