Antiwar activist McLaglen kidnaps the baby daughter of munitions magnate Connolly to protest the businessman's involvement in WW I. He renames the girl and leaves her with two life-long friends who know nothing of his crime and assume that the child is his. Meanwhile, the press goes wild
trying to find the whereabouts of Nancy Steele. Soon after the kidnaping, McLaglen is arrested for a fight and is sentenced to two years in prison. While in prison he is unjustly accused of participating in a breakout attempt and his sentence is lengthened to life. As the years roll by, Lorre,
McLaglen's cellmate, hears him talk in his sleep and learns the details of the kidnaping....