Club-footed medical school student Philip Carey falls in love with cynical waitress Mildred Rogers. She rejects him and runs off with a salesman, later returning pregnant and unmarried. Philip takes her in, though “happily ever after” is not to be.
Notorious shootist and womanizer Quirt Evans’ horse collapses as he passes a Quaker family’s home. Quirt has been wounded, and the kindly family takes him in to nurse him back to health against the advice of others. The handsome Evans quickly attracts the affections of their beautiful daughter, Penelope. He develops an affection for the family and their faith, but his troubled past follows him.
Around the turn of the century, two young men, Johnnie Bennett, a composer and Steve Adams, an artist, go to New York City to make their fortune. They both fall in love with the same girl, Patricia O’Neill. The artist paints a picture of her which outrages her father’s sensibilities; but, as a result of the picture, she wins a chance to star in a Broadway play. She soon learns that the artist is just …