Part One: The leader of a band of smugglers, Prince Dalamere, an unprincipled adventurer, learns that more money is needed to finance his enterprises, and seeks for a rich and beautiful wife. Meeting Josephine Chester, he at once conceives an ardent admiration for her and determines that at any cost and by any means, she shall be his bride. When he proposes to her, Josephine tells him that although she is free, she will not for a moment think of marrying him. She instinctively distrusts the man and dislikes even to have him near her. Georgia Rivers, the sister of Josephine, and wife of James Rivers, a prominent businessman, is obsessed by a passion for gambling, which has so run away with her that she is heavily in debt. She determines to offset her previous losses by a bet on a horse race, and telephones to a friendly bookmaker, who promises to keep her informed of the progress of the race. While she is talking to him over the telephone, the prince calls at her house, and as he is a ...
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