Stubborn rustic hermit Jasper McGilicuty refuses to allow a developer to
purchase land which has belonged to his family for generations (and on which
he operates a gold mine that has not yielded anything for years), despite
the generous price which he is being offered, and despite the increasingly
violent persuasion tactics of a couple of thugs under the developer's
employ, ending with a bomb blast in the mine while McGilicuty is inside and
London, McGilicuty's faithful helper, is outside.
London runs to find aid when he sees that McGilicuty is pinned by debris. And the first car he encounters on a nearby road, is being driven by Parsons, the developer himself!
By appropriating Parsons' keys, London leads him to the bombed mine, from where Parsons frees McGilicuty before the shaft entirely collapses.
Parsons repents and finally dismisses his thugs, and declines McGilicuty's agreement to sell him the land in gratitude for his saving of McGilicuty's life.
Parsons helps McGilicuty to rebuild the mine and wins the affections of McGilicuty's niece.