After obtaining a divorce from Emily, his second wife, Roy Tappan marries Dora Carson, who has just divorced her husband. Emily has been left poor with two children, she marries Walter Heath, a former suitor. Emily discovers that she cannot live with her new husband because the divorce is not legal in her home state. Tappan and his new wife soon run out of money, each having thought the other was wealthy. His aunt promises to support him in exchange for his two children. He kidnaps the children and hides them from Emily in his aunt's home. After Emily and Walter find them, they go to Yellowstone Park, where they are considered legally married. Tappan follows and is killed after a fight with Walter when a boiling geyser throws him into the air and throws him onto the rocks below.