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Ed Watson and Billy, the rat, crooks operating in New York, are "breaking in" Nell Forest, who has had the misfortune of being brought up in an evil atmosphere. The crooks spot Maurice Fielding, son of a jeweler, having stores in New York and Chicago, as a victim, and Nell makes his acquaintance. Maurice proves to be a different kind of man than any she has known. He falls in love with her and she with him. With this comes a hatred for Watson. Billy and all that they stand for. Maurice proposes marriage, but she refuses because she knows she has no right to wed an honest man; she wants to break away from her evil companions. Then perhaps she can tell Maurice everything and he will keep on loving her. But Watson is not to be so easily shaken off. He learns that Maurice is going to Chicago and that his trunk will contain jewelry. He and Billy hatch a plot to rob the trunk. They send for Nell, who is forced to come at their call. They tell her she is necessary to the proposed robbery. ...