According to the play a sinister family skeleton overshadows and threatens to wreck the lives of two innocent persons, until the workers of evil defeat themselves by the same methods with which they at first gained ascendancy over others. John Spencer had been a criminal at one time in his life; he feared the iron hand of the law. But as much as he feared the law falling upon his shoulder and forcing him to answer for his misdeeds of long ago, he loved his daughter. For her he sought to do right. Pauline was ignorant of her father's past and she idolized him as a good father and a man of principles. Roger Dixon is the only man who knows of and can prove John Spencer's guilt. He makes this knowledge the basis of a systematic scheme of blackmail: the price of his silence growing larger day by day. Pauline loves and is loved by Arthur, a young attorney. As time passes the blackmailer grows bold in his demands, and finally he threatens that if Pauline is not given to him in marriage he ...
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