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Dr. Robert Lowndes of the British army practices in a small Indian outpost during a cholera epidemic, and to ease his fever, uses morphine. He becomes an addict, but his sweetheart, Betty Archer, makes him promise to reform. Another of Betty's suitors, however, Captain Guy Douglas, uses drugs to tempt Lowndes. Lowndes succumbs, so Betty renounces him and marries Douglas. Later, Lowndes is a beggar in Cawnpore, and Betty realizes her mistake in marrying the unfaithful Douglas. She arrives in Cawnpore, and Lowndes, seeing her, decides to end his habit. Meanwhile, the Sepoy rebellion begins. Lowndes rescues Betty, and Douglas, sent to put down the uprising, turns traitor and is shot. This allows Betty and a rehabilitated Lowndes to marry.