Like a time bomb, a ticker-tape telegraph plays a major role in this suspense-filled saga. Rough, rowdy Bancroft plays a market manipulator who heads a pool of investors. Jeering at the "suckers" who lose their patrimony through his machinations, Bancroft little suspects that he may lose
at love. When Bancroft succeeds in cornering the copper market--where his partner in the financial pool, Lukas, failed in the attempt--Bancroft taunts his proud partner. Angered, Lukas plots vengeance. He seduces Baclanova, Bancroft's social-striving immigrant wife, a one-time trapeze performer.
Carroll, Baclanova's maid, observes the adulterous affair with distaste. Privy to the s...