On December 17, 1914, The Harrison Anti-Narcotics Tax Act was passed. Though meant to regulate drug prescribing, rather than forbid it, the language in it was unclear and quickly came to be interpreted as forbidding doctors to prescribe to addicted patients. This film follows a fictionalized account of what happened to doctors and patients involved in drug maintenance programs (not called so at the time). It tells the story of a young woman, Margaret, who is brought to her doctor for chronic bronchitis. Dr. Gilbert, her long-time physician, is responsible and understands the risks involved in prescribing a powerful medication. Margaret’s addiction grows stronger as the Harrison Act goes through, as doctors nearly immediately begin to be punished for prescribing to patients. Suddenly, Dr. Gilbert can no longer prescribe, finding his livelihood at great risk. The film ends with Margaret looking for more dubious methods of supplying her “fix,” and Dr. Gilbert losing his practice.