The film starts out with a synchronized sound prolog, with two reporters going out to get a scoop on the doings of the city's underworld. They meet a cafe singer, who tells them Pickford's story, flashing back into the silent body of the film. Pickford is a musician in love with taxi
dancer Borden, but gangster Gribbon has eyes for her too. The gangster ends up marrying the girl, killing a half-dozen rival gangsters, and gets killed himself saving Pickford. He dies before consummating the marriage, sustaining Borden's purity for true love Pickford.