Seeing Ma May, a beautiful Burmese maiden, cruelly beaten by Gunga Din, her father, Tommy Wilkins interferes on her behalf. He is a British soldier stationed at Mandalay and is aghast at the manner in which the native women are treated. Greatly struck by Ma May's tropical beauty he keeps on the watch for her, hoping someday to meet her again. He sees her in Rangoon, going to the Shwe Dagon pagoda, said to be the most costly edifice of its kind in the world, where she worships at a shrine of Buddha, praying for help in her troubles. After she leaves the pagoda, Tommy accosts her. Although at first much afraid of him, he is soon able to convince her that he is an honorable soldier and that he means no harm by her. After this meeting he meets her frequently in a beautiful park outside the city and is able to win her love. His regiment is suddenly ordered back to England and Tommy is obliged to go, not even being able to say goodbye to his pretty Burmese sweetheart. Back in "dear old ...
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