In the prettiest part of Kentucky, an old Southern family is torn apart by tragedy. When his beloved daughter married a Yankee, the Old Colonel disowned her and has not spoken a word to her or even laid eyes on his granddaughter. The old man's heart turned hard as stone and children fear him. Hard times have befallen his daughter, and there is talk of her "goin' to the the poorhouse". But she would rather die than go to him for help.