Concerned about the failing health of Rhoda Tuttle ( Ruth Clifford ), his fiancée, John DeWitt ( Allan Sears ) takes her to the lavish Arizona home of his friends, Jack ( Val Paul ) and Katherine Newman ( Gretchen Lederer ). Although the Newmans try to cheer Rhoda, who has lost her parents in a train wreck, she remains listless and melancholy. While walking in the desert, Rhoda is bitten by a tarantula but is saved by Kut-le ( Monroe Salisbury ), a Yale-educated Indian employed as a superintendent on Newman's irrigation project. Because of his strong belief in the curative effects of life in the desert, Kut-le kidnaps Rhoda and forces her to live in a manner far removed from the comforts and confinements of civilization. Outraged, John and Kut-le's enemy, Billy Porter ( Monte Blue ), search for Rhoda, but after they finally defeat the Indian in a fierce fight, she declares that she prefers to remain with the man who helped her to regain the joy of living.
This 1918 western/drama was based on the novel, The Heart of the Desert (Kut-le of the Desert) by Honore McCue Willsie Morrow. The film was produced by the The Universal Film Company and boasted a cast of popular silent screen stars. Sadly it now remains a lost film.
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