Lucille ( Ruth Clifford ), a beautiful and romantic young girl, marries John Linforth ( Ralph Lewis ), a wealthy businessman, who is twice her age, and too distracted by his business affairs to give her the attention she craves. John is pleased when she takes a liking to his young friend, Ronald Standish ( George Fisher ). After the friendship has grown to romance, however, John tries to keep the two apart. As he is about to depart on a short trip, John orders Ronald from the house. Later that night, Ronald asks Lucille to elope with him, but before they leave, they realize that an illegal union would only lead to unhappiness, and Ronald returns home. A burglar, who, in stealing certain securities from John's desk, witnesses the couple in an embrace, blackmails Ronald into purchasing the bonds. To save her lover, Lucille confesses everything to John, who promises to give his young wife her freedom. A year later Lucille and Ronald are happily married.
This 1919 silent drama was produced by the Universal Film Manufacturing Company, starring Ruth Clifford. Sadly, Fires of Youth may now be a lost silent film.
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