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Daniel MacNeill seeks to avenge his childhood humiliation by the dissolute Lord Raa by forcing his daughter Mary to marry him with the stipulation that Raa would lose his claim to MacNeill's recently acquired fortune if he did not remain faithful. On her honeymoon in Egypt, Mary lives in name only with Lord Raa, who introduces his former mistress Alma Lier as Lady Raa. Mary meets explorer Martin Conrad, a former lover and makes love with him the night before he leaves on an Antarctic voyage. Mary then secludes herself in France where she gives birth to a child. When her father insists that she return to Lord Raa in India, Mary announces that the child's father is Conrad, divorces Raa and is disinherited. After learning that Conrad has been lost and her money is gone, Mary returns to London. In order to support her child, she turns to prostitution, and the first man she approaches turns out to be Conrad who has been searching for her. They marry and raise their child together. After Lord Raa's money is gone and he is deserted by Alma, he kills himself.
Caine's novel was serialized in Hearst's Magazine between October 1912 and October 1913. It was adapted for the stage by Caine's son, Derwent Hall Caine (Boston, 9 April 1917). Herbert Brenon bought the rights to Caine's novel in 1917, but his plans to film it were not realized. Pre-release trade articles give Arthur Edwin Krows as the scenarist, but all reviews and articles printed near the time of the film's release credit Dix with the scenario. Most reviews give the name of the lead character as Mary McNeill, but the subtitle of Caine's novel gives the character's name as Mary O'Neill.