A runaway accident separates Lennon from his wife and children, and deprives him of his memory. He boards an outgoing ship to Canada, where he assumes a new name and becomes a farmer. Little Jess, with her father at the time of the runaway, wanders off and falls in with a band of kind-hearted gypsies. Mrs. Lennon, knowing nothing of the runaway and its sad ending, believes herself deserted. Moving into a cheap room she takes in sewing, and for a short time is able to earn a bare livelihood for herself and Nance, twin sister of Jess. The continual monotonous grind on the sewing machine soon plays havoc on her delicate constitution and she becomes ill. Unable to pay her rent, she is dispossessed. After miles of weary tramping they reach the house of Lezzard, a former suitor, where the mother falls exhausted. Lezzard brings her and Nance into the house. He does everything possible for his old love, but realizes she is very near the end. With her last breath she asks him to care for Nance...
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