As described in a film magazine, Maris (Barrymore) endeavors to persuade her husband Dwight Alden (Mills) to replace the children working in his mills with man and women, but Alden does not listen to his wife's pleas. One night a little girl is injured and Maris, calling on her, discovers that she is her own daughter from a previous marriage whom she thought was dead. She finds that her former husband, whom she also believed to be dead, is still living. Maris returns to her home, unable to forget her little girl. When the girl runs away from her father and comes to Maris, Maris leaves Alden, explaining her reasons in a letter. Alden learns that Maris' former husband secured a divorce so that he might marry another woman. With this evidence, and after clearing his factories of child workers, Alden goes to Maris and begs her and her child to return home with him.
On her sixth birthday, Joy Randolph is carried off by a band of gypsies, after having been given by her grandfather. Colonel Randolph, a locket containing her mother's portrait. The child's hat is found in the river, where the gypsies have thrown it. This leads to the belief that she has been drowned. The shock to the Colonel is so great that he is taken very ill, and the doctor tells the Rev. Amos Bayley that he fears the Colonel will go insane unless someone is found to replace Joy in her grandfather's heart. The minister procures a young boy from the neighboring orphan's home, and Colonel Randolph finally takes the child to his heart and tells him that he will be a father to him.