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Sam Young, who has ambitions as a novelist, has been engaged to Mamie Reynolds for 10 years; after finally getting a work accepted, he falls for the blandishments of the girl who types his manuscript. Mamie gives a dinner party to celebrate Sam's success and to announce their marriage, but he fails to appear and she is disgraced by the local gossip. She is about to leave town when a young man, disappointed in love, shoots himself on her doorstep, and it is thought he has had a secret affair with Mamie; as a result, Mamie becomes a notorious character and Sam begins to feel himself the injured party in their romance. An elderly banker courting Mamie is challenged by Sam, but Sam receives a sound licking and is arrested for hurling rocks through Mamie's windows. Released from jail, Sam learns of Mamie's impending wedding and, after renewing his suit, rescues her from the wedding guests and the bridegroom.