Mr. Kelsey, a poor cobbler, dies from overwork inventing a shoe manufacturing machine, and his widow receives, through the efforts of Richard Baldwin, a friend of the family, $1,500,000 and royalties for the plans. Nell Kelsey and Hester, adopted daughter of the Kelsey's, grow up in luxury. Prince Oswald wins Hester's love, only to cast her aside when he learns she is not the heiress. Mrs. Kelsey brings about a double marriage, the prince marrying Nell and Baldwin wedding Hester. Oswald, however, keeps Hester under his mysterious spell and pleads his love for her. Mrs. Kelsey and Baldwin learn of the state of affairs and Baldwin finds Hester trying to repel the prince's advances. In a struggle, a revolver is accidentally discharged, killing the prince, thus ending the already tragic and apparently hopeless love tangle.
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