Sally Randall, daughter of a wealthy Hawaiian planter, marries Phillimore, the man of her father's choice, even though she has sworn her love to Philip Madden; tearing from her throat the expensive pearls given her by her father, Madden declares that one day he will buy her at the same price. Twenty years later, now a widow in financial straits, Sally offers the pearls for sale in San Francisco. Accompanied by her daughter, Sally, she is astonished to discover Madden bargaining for the pearls, which she has entrusted to Chan, a Chinese detective, with the sale contingent on her delivery of the jewels to his desert home. Madden is taken prisoner by yeggs and is impersonated by Jerry Delaney, who welcomes Sally and Robert Eden, the jeweler's son. While Chan is secretly conducting an investigation, the jewels are stolen by various parties, but it develops that a Chinese parrot has witnessed the kidnapping and told him about it.