After twenty years of absence, in which time he has become wealthy, Lloyd Kent returns to his home town. During his journeying he has kept the memory of his boyhood sweetheart, Emily Lester who jilted him in a moment of pique, and married his rival, John Rand. Kent finds her a widow in moderate circumstances with a daughter of eighteen. The mother's happiness at the return of the man whose image she has held enshrined during the years, is soon repressed by mother-love as she realizes that Kent's attention is directed less to her plain, unattractive self then at the daughter, who is the counter-part of the sweetheart he remembers. Betty is dazzled by his attentions and wealth. Hal Edwards, "the boy next door," shines less brightly in her imagination than before the advent of Kent. With the affections of both men within her hand, Betty is far inclined towards the older suitor, when, unknown to her mother, Betty comes upon her in an unguarded moment, and is given to see into the sacred ...
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