Sentenced to a term in prison for stealing money to save her baby's life, Ruth Marley comes out to find the world against her. Ill and destitute, forsaken by the good-for-nothing Stephen Marley, whom she married in the belief that the man she really loves has committed a great wrong, Ruth sends for her foster father, Mr. Dean, and his daughter, Rose. They take her home, where she is denounced as a thief by Lieutenant Wentworth, Ruth's fiancÚ, whom she robbed. Despite the fact that she has given the alarm that prevented her husband and his pal from robbing the house, she is turned out. Juliana, an actress, takes her in. Stephen and Ned, hiding in a basement, are found by Barbara Dale, a girl whom Marley first betrayed and then forced to accuse the Reverend George Brand, Ruth's former lover, as the guilty man. Barbara discloses the hiding place to Ruth, who confronts Stephen and threatens to denounce him if he will not clear George Brand's name. He is beating her when George and a policeman enter. A confession follows, and Ned, in panic, fires a shot which finds its mark in Stephen. Ruth and her lover are married and she is reconciled with the A dramatic story superbly interpreted by the Biograph players.