Jack Warren, the son of well-to-do parents, has been carrying on a flirtation, and a flirtation which cannot be described as of the harmless sort, with Zema, an octoroon in the employ of his parents. As the story opens, Zema is begging Jack to do that which the ordinary conventions of society demand a man shall do when he has won the affections of a woman, fulfill his obligations, take her to the altar. Zema is on her knees. There is no question as to her love for Jack. But her lover has no intention of publicly acknowledging the love he has so ardently if privately professed. He spurns the woman at his feet. In the first place, actually he is in love with Beatrice Blake, with whom also his brother Paul is in love. Jack goes straight to Beatrice. Zema watches the two as they stroll out into the fields. She sees Jack kiss Beatrice. She realizes then the full significance of the disaster that has come into her life. Paul also has been a close follower of the action of Jack and Beatrice....
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