Agatha Warren, daughter of the aristocratic Southern General Warren, has, before the Civil War, fallen in love with Ned Burton of New York. With the beginning of hostilities, Gen. Warren takes command of many of the Southern troops and Burton, enlisting in the Union army, becomes a Lieutenant, the lovers being separated by their different sympathies. Most of the action of the drama takes place during the closing days of the war, when General Warren's soldiers are suffering from the lack of supplies. Burton is forced by his superior officers to use his intimacy with the Warren family in carrying a ruse which leads to the defeat of the supply trains coming to the relief of the Confederate army. When he is captured, Agatha, still loving him in spite of herself, offers him the means of escape which he is too proud to accept. The timely surrender of Lee at Appomattox is all that saves him from being shot. The sequel to these stirring events is the ultimate reunion of the lovers.