Fornton, a wealthy ship owner, tries to arrange a match between his secretary. Fuller, and Vera, his daughter, who, however, loves the first officer of one of her father's vessels, Giles. This ship arrives in port with its captain ill, who forwards a letter to Fornton by Giles advising his employer to place the bearer in charge of the ship during his illness. He also writes on a separate note the fact that the ship is in bad condition, with danger of wreck and loss of life unless it is at once repaired. Fuller receives the letter, and, eager to collect the insurance on the damaged vessel which through his marriage with the owner's daughter he will eventually obtain, he orders the ship out at once, with the first officer in command. The ship leaves, and the next morning Vera is found to be missing. The most thorough search fails to give any clue to her whereabouts, and in despair Fornton and Fuller call on Kate Kirby to place the case in her hands. In reaching into his pocket for a ...
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