John Fordham, a wealthy ranch owner and his daughter, Ethel, meet with an automobile accident near the ranch house of Jim Clifford. Proffered hospitality is accepted. An acquaintance is formed, which results in Mrs. Clifford inviting Ethel to visit the ranch again, and a few weeks later, Ethel arrives for a more lengthy stay. Jim falls in love with Ethel and later when she refuses his offer of marriage, it develops all the brutality in his nature. Ethel's love for adventure almost causes her death when she persists in riding a spirited horse against the advice of Ed Wallace, the foreman of the ranch. If requires all of Ed's skill and courage to save her after a thrilling and dangerous ride. This experience is the beginning of an interest between the young couple, which soon ripens into a strong attachment. Jim allows the worst in his nature to control him, and when Manuel, a Mexican, kills a drunken cowboy in self-defense, Jim conceives the idea to fasten the crime on Ed Wallace. The ...
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