Marie Doro stars in this her third silent film, now considered lost. Doro plays Daphne, a girl raised alone by her mother. Resentful and a betrayed woman, she decides to raise the baby away from society, secluded in a forest. Raised in a Greek mythology type fashion , the young girl communes with nature in flowing silky robes , dancing through the woods. At the age of sixteen, Daphne encounters a man for the first time in her life. The innocent girl believes he's the Greek god Apollo, however he turns out to be William Jones ( Charles West ) who happens to be a close friend of her father David Arnold ( Frank Campeau ) and her brother Fred ( Wilfred Lucas ), who has often wondered what became of his baby sister. William has already fallen in love with the girl, when Fred ventures into the forest and discover's the beautiful maiden. Falling in love with her also, he and William have a vicious fight over her, with Fred winning and taking her away to a private cave. Upon trying to seduce the girl, Fred suddenly realizes with astonished surprise that the wood nymph is his long lost sister. Interestingly, D.W. Griffith wrote the story for this film under the alias Granville Warwick , and the film was directed by Paul Powell and distributed by the Triangle Film Corporation. The exquisite beauty of Marie Doro is highlighted in the role of the wood nymph, expressly written for her by Griffith. Released in five reels in January 1916, the loss of this silent film is tragic for fans of the delicate stage actress in one of her earliest silent screen performances.
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