Trouble fostered by Bill Leets, in the secret employ of a business rival, results in a strike which ruins Tom Plank, head of an industrial plant. Upon learning that the boy has lost his wealth, Clara, his fiancée, returns his ring. Leets loves Barbara Ragan. Before the crash, Tom had become interested in the girl. Shortly afterward, the girl's father encounters Hegel, formerly the factory foreman. Deadly hatred exists between the two. Tom, who chances to pass, sees Ragan slay his foe. Tom follows the murderer home. Knowledge that his crime is known fills the old man with terror. Tom then learns that Barbara is Leets' sweetheart. Believing the girl to have had a hand in bringing about his ruin, he announces that the price of his silence is that Barbara wed him and share the poverty she had brought upon him. Although Leets is frantic, Barbara, to save her father, consents. Husband and wife live in sullen silence, although each secretly grows to love the other. Fortune smiles upon Tom ...
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