Father Bartlett is an honorable man of God in a small Montana town. A person is murdered outside the local saloon, and the minister's innocent brother, Tom, is arrested for the crime. Bound by the seal of silence regarding confession, Bartlett is faced with choosing between his duty to the church or his own flesh and blood. Beginning his acting career on Broadway at the turn of the 20th century, Henry B. Walthall found his way to film through Biograph Studios, where D. W. Griffith had just started directing. After starring as Colonel Ben Cameron in Griffith's Birth of a Nation (1915), Walthall went on to enjoy an extensive career, appearing in films such as The Scarlet Letter (1926) with Lillian Gish and A Tale of Two Cities (1935).