Eliza Darrow, only daughter and regarded as a chattel of old Yell Darrow, when told she has to become the wife of Jake Muggs, refuses in an emphatic manner and rushes for consolation to the big trees, her only friends, and refuses to return home. She hears a cry and goes in its direction and discovers Ralph Stuart, who has become separated from his companions. She starts to run away, but Stuart catches her and disregarding her apparent hostile attitude, asks her where she lives. She takes him to her cottage, where Stuart, explaining his predicament, asks for food. Darrow, though, still irate over Eliza's disobedience, chastises her, and when Stuart interferes, he orders him from the premises. Ralph is well-nigh overcome with hunger and fatigue when Eliza brings him some food which she has obtained, and further directs him to the station. Later, Ralph is exceedingly bored by his numerous social duties, and as his thoughts are ever of Eliza, he resolves to return to her. He does so and ...
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