Charles Drennen, Jet's guardian, gives a party in honor of Jet's twentieth birthday. Robert Fletcher is Jet's sweetheart. He asks Jet for her heart and hand. He has Jet's heart but she tells Robert, "My guardian made me promise never to become engaged without first consulting him." The principals are discovered by the other guests and to relieve an embarrassing situation Drennen, Jet's guardian, says, "We have just received some very bad news and Miss Drennen asks you to excuse her for tonight." Drennen, the guardian, pondering in the library reverts back to southern cotton fields and of the time he met Virginia, a mulatto girl, and of his promise to care for her child. He awakens from the dream, knows he must do his duty and he calls to Jet and tells her the sordid story. Jet sees Robert. He again vows his passionate love for her. She then tells him that she is a mulatto. He turns from her involuntarily. Robert after a time, finds that his love for Jet is stronger than any race ...
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