John Walsh, a miner, leaves his wife and baby behind on his barren claim, and takes his small store of gold to the settlement where he loses at the gaming table. In a fight which follows, Burns, a cow-puncher, kills Walsh. Mrs. Walsh attempts to work her dead husband's claim, but in a few weeks breaks down. A doctor who is called in declares that only the transfusion of a healthy person's blood can save Mrs. Walsh's life. Burns, a fugitive, appears and agrees to submit to the operation. While the mob who seek Burns are held off, the doctor proceeds with the transfusion. Mrs. Walsh's life is saved, but Burns, weakened by hunger and exposure, succumbs, happy in having made amends for his crime.
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