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When little Ruth Harris is injured in a boating accident and taken to a hospital, Dr. James Brown informs her distraught parents that only a blood transfusion can save her life. Because of his religious convictions, Mr. Harris refuses to give his consent. Mrs. Harris, who had superficially accepted her husband's faith when they were married, later returns to the hospital to authorize the transfusion; but it is too late, and the child is already dead. Dr. Brown, a self-professed agnostic, considers Mr. Harris' part in the girl's death tantamount to murder, and he arranges for him to be arrested and tried for manslaughter. With everyone apparently against him (even his wife has left), Harris accepts the volunteer services of a Jewish lawyer who offers a simple defense: John Harris chose to risk Ruth's temporal life rather than sacrifice her eternal one. Harris is acquitted, but he breaks under emotional strain and, realizing he had expected God to perform a miracle to save his daughter's life, attempts suicide. Dr. Brown, however, persuades him that a man must face life. Realizing that her husband needs her, Mrs. Harris returns to him, hopeful that the memory of their dead child will not always stand between them.