Breakers Ahead (1918)

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Viola Dana stars in this Metro five-reeler. While Captain Jabez Scudd (Russell Simpson) is away on a ship, his sweetheart, Agnes Bowman (Helen Jerome Eddy), gives birth to a little girl. When the girl is ten, Agnes dies, and since her family refuses to have anything to do with a nameless child, she is handed over to a friend, Agatha Pixley (Mabel Van Buren). The girl, Ruth (Dana), grows up and falls in love with Eric Pixley (Clifford Bruce), Agatha's son. Captain Scudd comes to the seaside village and realizes that Ruth is his daughter, but he says nothing. Jim Hawley (Eugene Pallette) and Hiram Hawley (Sydney Deane), owners of a ship called the Wasp, hire Scudd, with Eric as his first mate. But when Scudd won't go along with their underhanded scheme -- he refuses to run the ship onto the rocks so the Hawleys can collect the insurance money -- they hire Mike Burley (Gibson Gowland) to do the job. Eric makes sure the ship arrives safely and as a result, he and Scudd are fired. Scudd finally tells Ruth that he is her father, and she comes up with enough money to buy the Wasp. Jim Hawley, who was rejected by Ruth, tries to set the Wasp on fire. Ruth goes to the ship, believing that Eric is on board, and is almost smothered by the smoke. Eric comes to her rescue and they marry.