Cornwall, 1914. A well-dressed man gets off a bus. He reaches a mining village and enters the inn. The landlady, mother of an only daughter, is clearly attracted to him. But when the light falls on his face, and she sees him better, her attitude suddenly changes. Tensely she waits for closing time and hurries everyone out. But the stranger refuses to budge.
The woman's anger turns to fury when the man tells her he's her husband, returned from America after 16 years. She denies him and has him tied up and forcibly thrown out.
From her window, the daughter watches this man, who could be her father, free himself from his ropes and walk away. Later that night, the man comes back for a second time.