Synopsis by Janiss Garza
This epic historical romance, based on the novel by Mary Johnston, was one of Paramount's big releases for 1922, and it featured some of the studio's best talent. King James I (Raymond Hatton) gives his consent to the marriage between Lord Carnal (Theodore Kosloff) and Lady Jocelyn Leigh (Betty Compson). Lady Jocelyn, however, does not want to wed the evil Lord Carnal, and makes her escape on a bridal ship headed for Jamestown, VA. When it lands, a ruffian tries to take Jocelyn as his bride, but Captain Ralph Percy (Bert Lytell) rescues her by marrying her himself. The marriage, however, is in name only, as Jocelyn wants little to do with Percy. Lord Carnal arrives in Jamestown and has both Jocelyn and Percy arrested. He prepares to ship Jocelyn back to England, but Percy escapes and saves her. Percy, Jocelyn, and Carnal all wind up shipwrecked on an island inhabited by a pirate gang. Percy convinces them he is a pirate leader. He, Jocelyn, and Carnal manage to escape and arrive back in England. Carnal announces once again that he and Lady Jocelyn are engaged, but the Duke of Buckingham (Lucian Littlefield) arranges a duel between Carnal and Percy. Carnal loses the duel and takes poison. A real wedding takes place between Percy and Jocelyn.
assistance, boating, captain [military], escape, hostage, king, lord, love, lover, marriage, nobility, pirate [seafarer], rescue, settler, storm, wedding