Returning to England a hero after saving a British garrison in India, Leigh Dering ( Bert Lytell ) marries Jean Desmond ( Seena Owen ), the daughter of a wealthy merchant. Humiliated by the patronage of his wealthy father-in-law, Leigh turns to drink, estranging him from Jean. Returning home one night he finds the body of his wife's father. When Jean accuses her husband of the crime, Leigh disappears, making it seem as if he has been killed in a railway accident. Five years pass and Leigh has become a victim of drink and drugs, barely existing in India. Jean marries Richard Willoughby ( Landers Stevens ), an unscrupulous officer who was forced to leave India when his betrayal of the Rajah's sister earned the enmity of the ruler, thus endangering the garrison that Leigh had rescued. When Willoughby returns to India with his new wife, the Rajah seizes upon the opportunity for revenge. Planning to blow up the palace during a reception, the Rajah is thwarted by Leigh. In a rage, the Rajah ( Edward Cecil ) kills Willoughby in hand-to-hand combat, thereby permitting the reconciliation between Jean and Leigh, who have already paid the price of redemption.
This 1920 drama was based on the novel The Temple of Dawn by I.A.R. Wylie, produced by Metro Pictures Corporation, starring Bert Lytell and Seena Owen. The survival status of this film is listed as unknown, sadly suggesting it may now be a lost silent film.
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