|Plot||As the picture opens, we are introduced to Fred Watkins, an inventor who is perfecting a device that will revolutionize ship building. He has interested a big contractor, in whose shop he has an office. This man's daughter is in love with the inventor and we are given a few pretty love scenes, photographed along some quiet stream and under the green umbrage of leafy trees. The day comes when the invention is complete and we see the trial of it in the great works, a most interesting scene. It is a proved success; but there is an accident which results in the injury of the young inventor. He is carried by his friends into the house, connected with the office of the works. The accident keeps him confined to his bed and he is tended carefully by the girl. A scene in New York is flashed to let us know that an American firm of ship builders there, warned of the new contrivance and concerned for its prosperity, has determined to secure it. A man is sent to obtain photographs of the machine and of the plans, so that one can be made by the firm. The man arrives in Germany and interviews the contractor with the pretense of being a reporter. Not being able to get any information, he finds from an employee where the plans are kept and, slipping back, obtains the desired photographs. In the sick room, the inventor having need of a note book, sends the girl to his office for it and she finds the villain at work with his camera. Running back, she tells and the inventor exclaims that unless the camera is recovered from the man their future is ruined. The girl promises to get it, come what will, and keeps her word; but we hardly believe that she will be anxious to repeat her exploits or even willing to do the same thing over again for twice the money. The thief makes good his escape by climbing from a window and dropping to the ground. He has taken a carriage so the girl has to follow on foot, running all the way to the railroad station. A combination train, half passenger, half freight, is waiting and he secures a seat in it. The girl reaches it only in time to catch the end of the last car, from which she works her way, now along the top and now along the running board, from which she discovers where the man is. She cannot take the camera from him by force, so she secretly follows him on board the ship by hiding in a case which is transferred from the dock to the hold. Later, by reaching her arm in through his port hole she gets possession of the camera. To get to the port she has to lower herself down over the side of the vessel by a rope. He sees the camera going out and hurries to the deck only to find that the plucky girl has jumped into the sea. Not to be outdone, he, too, leaps overboard and the chase, turned backward now, is continued swimming. The girl reaches a launch and is darting away: but the man, too, contrives to come by a faster one and is on the point of overtaking hers when she makes a landing. In a lonely country road she finds a horse tethered near a thatched cottage and uses its help, the man following on a bicycle. Galloping under a bit of woods, she is caught by her hair and hangs; but just before she is overtaken, manages to work free and we have, in the rest of the third reel, thrill after thrill of the same sensational nature, with which are also woven a good many freshly clever and freshly interesting incidents, until at length she gets the precious camera home and the man is foiled.... search for At the Risk of Her Life on IMDb|
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