Heroine Judith Craig and hero Bob Hathaway hold secret anti-religious meetings with their friends. During one such meeting, the police stage a raid, whereupon a stairway collapses and a young girl is killed.
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The dated, preachy elements actually make it more interesting than it would probably be otherwise. As with most Hollywood films of this era, it's a predictable, over the top melodrama heavy on one-dimensional characters and plot contrivances. But DeMille's sure-handed cinematic storytelling keep it compelling and entertaining with a number of impressive sequences.