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The evils of drink cause a man to separate from his family. In time he becomes sober and prosperous. Then he meets and falls in love with a young woman, and they become engaged. Unbeknownst to him this young woman is his own daughter.
Ben is a young family man with a wife and three year old daughter. But Ben is overly fond of drink. When his wife cannot take his drinking any longer he leaves for good. The wife becomes deranged and wanders the roads with her little girl until, finally, she even becomes separated from the child. The girl is adopted by a well-to-do farmer and his wife, who raise her as their own. One day when the girl has grown into a lovely young woman, she meets a prosperous and handsome older man through a strange twist of fate. They fall in love and are engaged to be married. On the very day of the wedding the poor mother wanders to the farmer's house. She sees a picture of her daughter as a three year old and recognizes her. Learning that the girl is to be married that day, the mother rushes to the church. When she arrives there she and the groom recognize one another, and immediately they both realize that Ben has nearly married his own daughter. But the shock is too much for the mother, and she...

A print of this film is held by the UCLA Film and Television Archives and a paper print is held by the Library of Congress.

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Credited cast:
Frank Powell Frank Powell - Ben Cook
Stephanie Longfellow Stephanie Longfellow - Mrs. Ben Cook
George Nichols George Nichols - The Farmer
Edith Haldeman Edith Haldeman - The Daughter - as a Child
Blanche Sweet Blanche Sweet - The Daughter - at Eighteen
James Kirkwood James Kirkwood - The Best Man
W. Chrystie Miller W. Chrystie Miller - The Minister
Kate Bruce Kate Bruce - The Maid
Charles Craig Charles Craig - A Farmhand / At Church
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Linda Arvidson Linda Arvidson
Adele DeGarde Adele DeGarde - A Child
Gladys Egan Gladys Egan - At Church
Frank Evans Frank Evans - In Bar
Henry Lehrman Henry Lehrman - Outside Bar
Marion Leonard Marion Leonard
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