Young, greenhorn actor Gary Cooper plays his first major supporting role in this silent western that stars the most popular romantic duo of the era, Ronald Colman and Vilma Banky who plays Barbara Worth an orphaned girl who will do just… More Young, greenhorn actor Gary Cooper plays his first major supporting role in this silent western that stars the most popular romantic duo of the era, Ronald Colman and Vilma Banky who plays Barbara Worth an orphaned girl who will do just about anything to help her adoptive father fulfill his dream of turning the desert into farmland by exploiting the Colorado River. To get the much needed cash, the father gets a loan from a shady New York banker. The banker arrives out west with his stepson Colman, an engineer, who has come to oversee the construction of a dam. They all team up to create a thriving new town the father names after his daughter. Problems arrive when Cooper, also an engineer, enters the picture. Cooper is in love with Banky, but so is Colman and the two men become bitter rivals. Meanwhile the conniving banker, makes sure only cheap materials are used on the dam and pockets the rest of the money. The upstanding father finds out and demands that the banker and his good-for-nothing son leave, pronto. He then tries to finish the project himself. Unfortunately, it costs him every penny and thanks to the machinations of vengeful banker, finds himself having to deal with rebellious workers demanding payment. Seeing that the whole project is jeopardized, the two rivals decide to team up and ride like the wind to get the money the rancher needs. The do so, but on the way back, the two are ambushed and Cooper is mortally wounded. Wanting his gal to be happy and knowing that she really loves Colman, he forces the city boy to carry on and save the imperiled father from a lynching. In the story's thrilling climax, the poorly constructed dam bursts and the thundering river claims the banker's town. Later, Banky and Colman happily wed.