First Edition. Carmel Lee inherits a newspaper in a small country town and leaves her home in the city to take charge of it. She soon discovers that the town is terrorized by a band of bootleggers, who abduct and later kill the local sheriff. With the aid of Professor Pell, who has been recently fired as school superintendent, Carmel makes a public issue of the sheriff's murder, editorializing in her paper for justice and reform. Pell and Carmel are kidnapped by the bootleggers, but Carmel escapes and alerts the police. The bootleggers are arrested, the sheriff's murder in solved, and Abner Fownes, a politician and one of the town's leading citizens, is uncovered as the leader of the gang. Basis for the 1925 silent film directed by Alan Crosland and starring Lois Wilson and Noah Beery. Near Fine in Very Good dustjacket, nicked at spine ends.