Clint Ringle is in love with Ella Marsh. He builds a house for her believing that she loves him in return. Ella tells him that she is engaged to another man. Clint angrily kills her fiancé in a jealous rage. Clint hides in the belfry of the schoolhouse. During the funeral for Ella's fiancé, one of the mourners decides to ring the school's bell in tribute. The swinging bell startles Clint and his sudden screams give him away to those that search for him.