The story concerns the love of Ruth Keene, a beautiful young girl, for Harry Madden, a handsome and presumably upright and conscientious fellow. On the eve of their engagement Madden becomes entangled in a card game with some dissolute companions in the loft of a barn, detects one of their number in the act of cheating, a quarrel ensues and Madden, in the struggle, kills the man with his own revolver. Crazed with fear he attempts to escape and is captured in Ruth's home, where he seeks protection. The result of the trial is a sentence of fifteen years in the penitentiary. Ruth's innocent love now causes her to do a strange thing. She marries Madden in the jail, in spite of the protests of friends and the clergyman, and swears to be ever faithful until he comes back to her. Securing a position in the office of Robert King, a wealthy young lawyer, Ruth finds that King loves her dearly and desires to make her his wife. Gradually a kindred love springs up within her, a love that she ...
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