Harris, a north woodsman, is lying sick, attended by his devoted wife. The only chance of saving the sick man's life is by taking him to the famous specialist in Seattle, but their funds are low and there seems but little chance of this. While at the general store the wife learns that there is to be a dance that night at the Town Hall. That night when the sick man is dozing, she throws a shawl over her head and steals off to the dance to watch for a while the pleasures of life she is denied. In the midst of the dance, Pete, the bad man of the camp, comes in loaded down with gold which he has struck in the creek. Martha is barred at the door, but Pete, struck by her beauty, forces the doorman aside. Pete asks her for a dance. Martha refuses. The bad man says he will pay her $100 for one waltz. Thinking only of her husband and their dire need she consents. Pete offers her $1,000 for a kiss. The sick man's wife hides her revulsion and while they are dancing allows him to kiss her. He ...
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