Synopsis by Paul Brenner
Rex Ingram directed this romantic tale of passion about pious Father Adrian (Ivan Petrovich) who has taken a vow of silence, prayer, and chastity in order to gain entrance into the Trappist monastery of Notre Dame d'Afrique in Algeria. But his vows are broken when a young girl accuses him of an illicit embrace. Though Adrian is forced to undergo penance, the thought of the girl in his arms is too much for his fragile libido, so he renounces his vows for a life of debauchery. He takes off into the desert, reverting back to his secular name, Boris Androvsky. When he passes the oasis of Beni-Mora, he saves Domini Enfilden (Alice Terry) from a riot. Domini is devoutly religious, and she takes notice when, at a party at the home of Count Anteoni (Marcel Vibert), Androvsky shies away from the priests and their crucifixes. Nevertheless, Domini and Androvsky fall in love and they decide to marry. As they leave for a desert honeymoon, Androvsky has to decide whether or not to confess his true religious identity to Domini.
committed-relationship, escape, faith, love, marriage, romance, sandstorm, self-sacrifice