This epic yarn concentrates on the development of the title city from a small silver-mining town to a divorce and gambling center. Dix plays a young lawyer who seizes upon the lenient divorce laws to build up a solid practice while ignoring wife Patrick. As irony would have it she leaves
him, with Dix getting flack when the city's elite indulge in some hokum about maintaining virtue. This leads to Dix's disbarment and his opening a gambling casino. Years later the daughter he never knew, Louise, comes to Reno to get a divorce. Although their relationship is unknown to her, Dix
talks her out of a divorce; she then realizes their tie, and both leave the city behind. ...