Synopsis by Hal Erickson
The ever-increasing popularity of Wallace Reid was given an additional boost with the four-reel Mutual production Yankee From the West. Reid plays Billy Milford, a Harvard graduate whose fondness for booze loses him several prestigious jobs. On the bum in the West, Milford reluctantly agrees to help his unsavory pal Jim Dorsey (Tom Wilson) steal a mining payroll. Milford is arrested, but the loot disappears thanks to the elusive Dorsey. At this point, Swedish immigrant Grunhild (Signe Auen, later billed as Seena Owen) takes it upon herself to reform the troublesome Billy. After his release from jail, he marries Grunhild, and together they take up farming in a faraway village. Just when Billy is certain that his criminal past is dead and buried, who should reappear but Jim Dorsey, now a ham actor with a third-rate travelling troupe. Taking a liking to Grunhild, Dorsey threatens to expose Billy's past unless she agrees to leave Billy and run off with Dorsey. Fortunately, Billy shows up in time to beat Dorsey senseless -- and even more fortunately, Billy and Grunhild's farmer friends are willing to forgive and forget his previous indiscretions.