The last guardian of the wealth of the aristocratic Gresham family dies, leaving no one except his granddaughter, Ruth, and Wilks, a faithful family servant, to remain in the isolated old mansion. The immense wealth of the family lies concealed in a secret treasure room, reached by a hidden stairway. Gresham's will appoints John and Henry Collins, brothers of a law firm, to be the guardians, and trustees of Ruth, who is to inherit the fortune when she becomes of age. When the brothers have secured a glimpse of the treasure, its fascination overpowers them. They secretly plot to obtain possession of it. In their avarice, they neglect their business, which goes to ruin. Both move to the mansion so that they may be near the wealth. Ruth, neglected and mistreated, is cared for only by the kindly old butler, who has always looked upon the brothers with suspicion. Finally the brothers begin to suspect each other of appropriating the treasure. Mutual distrust soon breeds enmity. There is a ...
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