Gertrude, a child of nature, lives in the mountains with her mother and her brother, Dick. They are herb pickers. Jim, a stranger, comes and gains her affection as he is turning from her mountain lover, Cooley. But Jim has no intention of keeping his promise of marriage, and when Gertrude appeals to him, rejects her and assaults Dick, who interferes in Gertrude's behalf. The mother learns that Jim is going away, leaving his promise unfulfilled. He has started down the mountain stream in his canoe. The mother follows on horseback, overtakes him, and, at the point of a revolver, forces him to return. A mountaineer parson marries Gertrude and Jim, the bridegroom's reluctance overcome by the mother's pistol. This accomplished she orders Jim to go, and once free he takes to his canoe. Dick arrives, followed by the mountaineers, whom he has told of his injuries and who are bent on vengeance. The mother explains the situation to them and they abandon their quest. But Jim is not to escape ...
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