Two brothers, Rob and Andrew Mayo, are in love with the same woman, Andrew's girl Ruth Atkins. Rob, unfit for the farm life of his family, resolves to go to sea on his uncle's ship. Just before he is to leave, he confesses his love to Ruth. She is captivated by Rob's poetic nature, and believes that she is in love with him. As a result Rob stays home and Andrew runs off to sea in his place.
Rob and Ruth marry, and he tries to run the farm, but he is unsuccessful. After the death of his father the farm deteriorates. Ruth begins to regret her mistake, but when Andrew comes back he seems to have completely gotten over her.
In the end Rob dies of tuberculosis still dreaming of something beyond the horizon, while Ruth hopes vainly that she might still find happiness with Andrew.
This report prepared by Jack Goodstein