A feud exists between Hazen Doone and Giles Turell, both grizzled old men of the mountains. Wandering in the rugged heights, Giles comes upon Hazen, whom he shoots from ambush. Hazen is wounded in the arm, but manages to reach his mountain home. There he discovers that Ivan, his son, has returned from the city, where he has been a student of art. Ivan vows to avenge the wound of his father, and Mary, the young man's mother, suggests a form of revenge more terrible to their foe than death, the ruination of Giles' dearly loved daughter, Mountain Mary. The artist sets about his mission. Shaving his beard, he proceeds to pitch camp in the mountains, not far from the Turell cabin. He is dabbling idly with his brush, when Mountain Mary comes upon him. Ivan becomes a visitor at Giles' cabin, and, though the aged feudist sees something familiar in the young man's features, he does not recognize his mortal enemy's son. Ivan awakens to a realization that he loves Mountain Mary. He is torn by ...
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