David Mann ( Lamar Johnstone ), a widow's pampered son, leaves his Maine home to investigate a southern Mexico rubber plantation in which loan sharks want his mother to invest. After witnessing horrors perpetrated against Yaqui slaves and learning that his mother did invest, David attempts to instigate reforms. David is captivated when his housekeeper Andrea ( Lucille King ) swims in the nude, but their lovemaking is interrupted by a village yellow fever epidemic. Andrea leaves, and David is nursed to health by Ludwig Hertzer ( Tyrone Power Sr. ), the most feared of the planters, who hates Yaquis because native bandits killed his wife. After Consuela ( Helen Bateman ), a slave trader's daughter, helps David start a school and agrees to marry him, Hertzer, who desires her, claims control of David's plantation so that David is forced to return to Maine to prove his ownership. When Consuela repulses Hertzer, he attempts to mate her with a slave, but the slaves revolt and Hertzer is left hamstrung by a Yaqui chief ( George R. Odell ), whom he earlier flogged and whose sister he killed. Hertzer crawls to Consuela's hut and sets it afire, but David returns and rescues her. Before Hertzer dies in the flames, David reveals that Consuela is Hertzer's daughter.
This 1917 silent drama was produced by the Nevada Motion Picture Corporation, starring Tyrone Power Sr. and his wife, billed as Helen Bateman. The survival status of The Planter is listed as unknown, sadly suggesting it may now be a lost silent film.
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