Through the efforts of the Rev. John Drummond, who comes to a small western mining town with his little boy, all the saloons are closed. Jim Howe and his daughter, Nell, being unable to carry on a liquor business in the town, move to the mountains, where he runs an illicit still and continues to supply whiskey to the Indians. The sheriff gets on his trail and he is soon placed in the custody of the law. Nell, determining to avenge herself for the capture of her father, fires n shot into a party of hostile Indians, secreting herself in a bush as she does so. The Indians, seeing the soldiers coming, and thinking that they fired the shot, rush at them, but are defeated. This plan of revenge having failed, she makes her way to the minister's home, but is prevented from doing any harm to him by the maternal instinct which rises in her when she sees his little boy praying for his mother in heaven. Just then the sheriff's posse captures her and is about to lead her off when the minister persuades the deputies to parole the girl in his custody. She falls in love with the reverend gentleman and they are later married. This incident causes the villagers to pass much adverse comment upon the pair. Being unable to withstand such criticism, Nell leaves a note on the table saying to her husband that she is going away. Soon after her departure the sheriff calls upon the minister with a warrant for Nell's arrest on account of her fight with a woman who has a vitriolic tongue. The sheriff and his posse decide to help the minister find his wife, and they start out. They locate the lifeless body upon the desert, and a pathetic scene takes place as the minister comes upon the body.
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