With a title like Desire of the Moth, it was somewhat astonishing that this film's plotline had nothing to do with an innocent girl being drawn to the "flame" of sin and degradation. Instead, the story concerned a reformed horse thief named Christopher Fry, played by Monroe Salisbury. Upon announcing his intention to "go straight," Pringle is dry-gulched by his gang and left for dead. He is rescued, in more ways than one, by heroine Stella Vorhis (Ruth Clifford), whose fascination with Pringle very nearly results in her own demise. Rupert Julian, the film's director, played a colorful supporting character named "John Wesley Pringle."
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