Boyd Emerson and Fraser drive their dog team into the Alaskan fishing village of Kalvik to find it is dominated by the brutal Balt, whom Boyd thrashes. Cherry Malotte, a notorious dancehall girl, puts an end to the argument and offers them hospitality, telling them of Marsh, a ruthless exploiter, who will permit no outsiders to settle there. Cherry, developing a copper lode, takes Boyd into partnership, having fallen in love with him, and schemes to stake him through Tom Hilliard, a Seattle banker, planning to refinance Balt's fishery and compete with Marsh. Boyd, Fraser, and Balt leave for Seattle, where Boyd calls on Mildred Wayland, his sweetheart, who is promised to Marsh. Boyd secures financial aid, but Marsh stops his credit. Cherry, however, comes to his aid, and with the salmon industry in Salvik in full swing, Boyd comes into conflict with Marsh. Fishing fleets meet in hand-to-hand battle, and Marsh is beaten; he seeks revenge by slandering Cherry, but Boyd counters with Queenie, a discarded old flame. Balt takes revenge on Marsh, strangling him, and Boyd and Mildred are united in love.