In an early California settlement, Juanita ( Beatriz Michelena ), a dance hall queen of Castilian ancestry, knifes her lover, Jim Brandt ( Albert Morrison ), the dance hall owner, when she catches him embracing a new dancer. She hides in the cabin of hermit trapper Calvert ( William Pike ) and falls in love with him, but Calvert loves the parson's daughter Irene ( Irene Outtrim ). After Juanita proves to Calvert that Irene and Sheriff Tanner ( Andrew Robson ) are about to be engaged, Calvert reproaches Irene. Insulted, she tells Brandt where Juanita is, and tells Tanner that Calvert attacked her. Tanner rides to Calvert's cabin with a posse just after Calvert has knocked Brandt out. While Juanita holds the posse back with a rifle, Tanner fights a knife duel with Calvert until he discovers from Calvert's locket that Calvert is really his son. Because of her crime, Juanita is taken to Mexico, where Calvert, now in love, joins her.
This silent western/drama was produced by the California Motion Picture Corporation, starring Beatriz Michelena. The survival status of Heart of Juanita is listed as unknown, sadly suggesting it may now be a lost silent film.
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