Gorgeous Jenny Hager suffers from poverty and the abuse of her drunken father in the bustling port town of 1830s Bangor, Maine. The town elders place the girl in the home of wealthy aging businessman Isaiah Poster who comforts the girl, first as a father, then as a husband. Jenny immediately begins to seduce her new stepson, Ephraim, who has loved her since childhood. Heartlessly playing father against son, she effectively destroys both men and emerges as the richest and most powerful woman in the community. Her dead husband is barely cold in the grave when the calculating widow turns her attentions to her handsome foreman, John Evered, and his sweet young fiancé whose engagement is the next victim of her cruel and lustful intentions. Emerging as a pillar of society with a new young husband, Jenny has no idea of the shocking fate which awaits her.