As a writer Don Paxton was rapidly making a fizzle. The city editor of the Hornet for which Paxton attempted to scribble informed the reporter he lacked local color. Don was fired and immediately set out to get the lacking atmosphere. He wanted to write crime stories, so he fell in with a bunch of criminals, disguised as one. A big jewelry house is looted about this time, the robbers escaping. Don in his disguise happens to fall in with "The Owl" and Alice, who are the ringleaders of the coterie. He does not discover this fact, however, until he has fallen in love with Alice. The girl while associating with the robbers, though, has had nothing to do with their crimes, and hence Don, in "turning up" the story with proper local color, gets her out of the rut and marries her.
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