William and Clay Strong, two brothers, are in the banking business. The bank examiner discovers a shortage. William is at a loss to account for it. He learns that his brother is the thief. Clay has a wife and child. William plans to take the blame for the loss upon his own shoulders and runs away. William wanders far from "the haunts of man." He takes up his residence with an old fisherman and his daughter, Maria. Maria and William are married, being later blessed with a boy. On his death bed, Clay Strong confesses. Clay's wife is brokenhearted. She and the doctor seek out William at the fishing village to plead with him to come back. William is ashamed of his plain wife. He finally consents to take his son back home for an education. Maria is brokenhearted. Realizing the storm which has broken upon her married life, she rows out to sea in an open boat. Later William sees an empty rowboat drifting.
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