The Branded Woman plot
Ruth Sawyer (Norma Talmadge) may have a millionaire father, but she discovers that her mother had a somewhat less successful past as a club dancer. Ruth withholds this information in order to marry the man of her dreams, the wealthy Douglas Courtenay (Percy Marmont). But then an old acquaintance of her mother shows up. He threatens to tell everything and blackmails Ruth, who wants to keep her mother's shameful past a secret, because she is afraid of losing her betrothed.