Joan, a Lancashire mill hand, is the sole support of her invalid mother. She takes a keen interest in her duties, and Tom, the foreman, is in love with her. At a meeting of the directors, Henry Calder, the manager, protests against the cutting down of the mill hands' wages, but William Arnold, the principal shareholder, forces a 1.5 per cent, reduction. The notice is posted, and Calder, foreseeing trouble, wires his son, Leslie, that he is unable to join the house party at the Arnold's. Leslie, who is engaged to Dora Arnold, decides to go and assist his father. To avert a strike Henry Calder promises to restore the wages in six months, Leslie makes the acquaintance of Joan and is surprised to find in her a great student of labor troubles. He falls in love with her, which arouses the jealousy of Tom. A letter dispatched by Leslie to Dora is handed to Tom for post. Tom writes upon the envelope the words, "Ask the writer who Joan is." Dora now visits Leslie and seeks for an explanation ...
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