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A lazy young man idles his days away in watching ships come and go in the harbour, and in drinking. However, having fallen victim to a crafty barmaid, he wakes from a drugged sleep to find himself on board ship as part of the crew. Many years pass and the man, having caught wind of a gold strike in one of the ports visited, has turned his fortune around. A chance re-encounter with the conniving woman offers him the opportunity to avenge himself and have justice prevail.
Life in the trenches is made more bearable for a group of Australian soldiers by the innocent joyousness of a little village girl. As they march, battle-weary, along the village roads they look forward to encountering her playful antics and childish prattle. One day, however, they discover that she too has fallen victim to the horror that is war.