Herbert Ralston was a gambler and ne'er-do-well. The picture opens in the parlor of his home in Pennsylvania, where his wife is seen making baby clothes. Ralston comes in, and having lost his money gambling, begins to quarrel with his wife. He takes his grip and leaves the house. Along the road he discovers a dead man lying on the edge of the woods who resembles him so much that it even makes the hardened man of the world start. He changes clothes with him and proceeds on his way. The body is found and identified by Mrs. Ralston as her husband. Two months later we see her alone in her home with her fatherless babe. Four years elapse. Mrs. Ralston has married a Dakota ranchman, John Westmere, and they are living on the ranch. It is the child's bedtime, and she opens the locket round the child's neck and shows her the picture of her father. She teaches her to pray for him. Ralston is still gambling, and is now a faro dealer in a saloon out in Dakota. He kills a cowboy who accused him of cheating and makes his escape. He is quickly pursued by others present and an exciting chase ensues. Soon Ralston, to put his pursuers off the trail, dismounts and, striking his horse on the flanks, lets it continue on while he himself takes to the woods, and arriving at Westmere's ranch, walks quietly in. As he does so the child, who has slipped from the lap of her sleeping mother, toddles in and, looking at him dumbfounded, leads him to a chair and kisses him. She recognizes him as her father, and shows him the portrait of her mother. Ralston understands. It is his child. Westmere comes in and Ralston explains. Westmere starts towards the bedroom as if to call his wife, but Ralston motions that she must never know. He hears the horses of his pursuers outside. He says goodbye to the child, opens the door and falls dead, riddled by the bullets of the friends of the cowboy he had shot.
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