This melodrama features Gaynor as the daughter of a Pennsylvania farmer who dies while farming in the South, on land owned by an anachronistic Dixie family led by Civil War vet Barrymore. Gaynor goes to the plantation to tie up her father's affairs and falls in love with Young, the heir
to Barrymore's fortune. The film becomes mired in scenes depicting the fading South and the efforts of frustrated, alcoholic Barrymore to cling to his past. The end of the film leaps ahead a few years and shows the result of the marriage of North and South (Gaynor and Young), which brings the
plantation back to its former glory.