A Southern gentleman's alcoholism nearly costs him the love of his life in this silent drama set just before the Civil War. Fortunately for the troubled lovers, a wiser, more experienced friend is around to help the young man overcome his addiction and reunite with his lady love. The duo hold an engagement party. Unfortunately, the bride-to-be finds herself threatened by the amorous advances of an inebriated partygoer. To defend her honor and his own, the disgruntled groom challenges the drunken lad to a duel at dawn. The fiance wins, but his father is so angry that he disowns his son. In shame the son, who still loves the girl, moves to the New York home of the wise friend and remains there until his father dies. Surprisingly, he left his son a small inheritance and the young man uses it to head for South America to look for rubies. He finds them and soon becomes extremely wealthy and returns home. There he finds that his old friend has become impoverished. With little hesitation the young man shares his wealth and then gets to marry his true love.