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David Clifton is blinded while rescuing Katharine Lambert, the girl he loves, from a fire. Caring nothing for David, Katharine pursues her pleasures while Joan Merrifeld, who loves David, takes her place by his bedside. Believing that Joan is Katharine, David marries her and it is through her support and cooperation that he becomes a noted author. Upon regaining his sight, David is more than surprised to learn the identity of his wife. He is content, however, until Katharine reappears, bored with her husband Brooks. David's old love for Katharine returns and Joan, crushed, offers little resistance until Brooks, in anger, vows to kill Katharine if he discovers her unfaithful. It is only through Joan, who enters into a battle of wits with Brooks, that a catastrophe is averted. Then David at last realizes that he loves Joan, but at her command, leaves her for a year's time.