Paul Sturgess is engaged to Grace Van Austin. At a week-end party in their Newport home, Grace amuses herself by flirting with Howard Esterbrook, a man of unusual charm, and a guest of the Van Austins. This arouses Paul's jealousy and precipitates a desperate fight between the two men. They are separated by the others, and that night Stephen, a servant, sees Paul try to enter Esterbrook's room, revolver in hand. Paul is interrupted by a maid on an errand, and hurries to his own room. Fearing for Esterbrook's safety, Stephen enters his room to warn him and sees a hand extend through the window curtain, stab Esterbrook, and mysteriously disappear. At the investigation, Paul is arrested on circumstantial evidence. Six months later, Ann, "The Woman of Mystery," is taken with a number of other prisoners in a raid, during which she is shot by Renway, a criminal, while trying to aid the police. Greatly stirred by hearing that Paul Sturgess's plea for pardon has been denied and that he must ...
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