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Disgusted with farm life, Bill Hawes, a young farmer, journeys to a small North Carolina community to teach school. There he stays at the Jucklin family home where he falls in love with daughter Guinea Jucklin. Bill is saddened to discover that her hand is promised to Chyd Lunsford, the son of wealthy planter General Lundsford, who has defrayed the expenses of the girl's education so that she will be socially suitable to wed his son. Bill also becomes friends with young Alf Jucklin who loves the planter's daughter Millie, although she is also already pledged to a wealthy suitor named Dan Stuart. When Dan is found dead, Alf is arrested for the crime, but Bill refuses to accept his friend's guilt. His perseverance results in the exhumation of Dan's body, which proves that he died from a heart attack rather than murder. Meanwhile, General Lundsford is so impressed with the loyalty and bravery exhibited by Bill and the Jucklins that he frees Guinea and Millie from their marital obligations, thus permitting love to chart their destinies.