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After her parents die, Barbara King, a Southerner, lives with her uncle Rufus Jamison, who rails that Barbara's mother ruined her life by marrying an artist and forces Barbara to do domestic work. Barbara enters her father's last work in an exhibition and meets artist Gordon Carroll and his father, the governor. When Jamison discovers Barbara's secret attic studio and destroys her father's statue, Barbara hits him with a candlestick, whereupon he falls through a trap door and dies. Barbara is convicted, sentenced and sent to work at Joshua Craig's turpentine plant where black prisoners labor under harsh conditions. After she attempts to protect convict Tony Salvarro from a beating, she is tied to a tree. Taken into Craig's house to replace his convict mistress, Barbara plots a mutiny with the other prisoners. When the governor inspects the camp, Craig hides Barbara's identity. Later, Craig drunkenly attacks her, but Gordon, who is hunting nearby, arrives to rescue her. Tony sacrifices his life for Barbara, while the prisoners mutiny and kill Craig. Barbara then convinces the governor to have the conditions of the camp ameliorated. Pardoned, she marries Gordon and they have a child.