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The mining town of Camp Kill Devil, Wyoming one evening in the winter of the year 1879 is a scene of desperation. One of the worst blizzards in Western history is raging outside; but in a tiny run down cabin a woman impatiently waits for the person who promised to take her away from an abusive, drunken brute of a husband who prefers gambling to work. The rescuer, a nineteen year old boy named George Fordyce, finally arrives and the two hurriedly prepare to leave. At that moment, however, the husband suddenly appears from out of the storm and threatens them both with death. During the ensuing confrontation, however, he is the one who is killed. The boy writes a note admitting the deed and the two flee out into the horrors of the storm. The woman's horse collapses during the journey and the boy gives her his mount and walks alongside. It is during their struggle through the blinding snow that the boy learns the folly of his actions. The woman he thought cared for him knows the two of them cannot survive in this manner so she pushes him aside and gallops off into the night. She reaches the train station and boards the train for the East. He staggers into the rail yard some time later, is spotted and rescued. Twenty-five years later the two are in New York City, but each has taken a different path and do not meet again. Now known as George Gormly, his has been the more successful journey through life, as he has become a wealthy businessman and has fallen in love with a beautiful young socialite. At this point in his career, however, he becomes painfully aware of the corruption existing in the local government. Circumstances lead to his decision to run for mayor in an attempt to remove this evil and during his campaign he manages to expose the crooked politicians and businessmen who form the "ring" controlling the city. They in turn have unearthed the reckless incident from his youth and threaten to make it public knowledge. Complicating matters is the fact that the leader of this "ring" is the father of the woman he loves.

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