Surrounded by the hills and forests of a Adirondacks, Sam Hillyar, a woman hater, lives with his servant in a well-equipped mountain home. Winter has covered everything with a heavy layer of snow, which is still falling. Miss Mary Wright, who has been invited to spend the weekend with her friend, who lives in a neighboring bungalow, misses the train upon which she is expected to arrive. Later, when she reaches the lonely little railroad station, no one is there to meet her; she starts out on foot to reach her friend's home. She struggles through the deep snow in the midst of the blinding storm, until she is almost exhausted. She sees Sam Hillyar's house in the distance, pushes on in the hope of reaching it before darkness sets in and ask for shelter for the night; weak and faint she knocks at the door and her summons is answered by the old servant, who admits her and notifies his master, who reluctantly consents to allow the woman to stay under his roof. Her reception is a cold one ...
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