Bidding Lizzie, his sweetheart, a fond farewell and promising ever to be true to her, John Tobin, a fat middle-aged sailor, goes off on his ship, bound for foreign lands. The ship is wrecked and John is cast up on the shores of a cannibal island in the South Seas, the sole survivor from the wreck. He is captured by the king of the tribe. Etumalivo, who decides that he has a nice fat morsel for dinner. Just as he is about to be put into the pot, the king's daughter catches sight of him and begs his life from her father. His life is spared by the king and Tobin becomes the chief of his bodyguard. When a hostile tribe makes war upon the island, Tobin scares the savages away by firing his revolver, which the king regards as magic. As a reward for his services the king tells him to marry the princess. Lizzie, having waited two years for John's return, marries a retired sea captain and lives very happily with him until his death a few years later. She bethinks herself of her old lover and ...
Moving Picture World synopsis