While this Cecil B. DeMille production has many of the elements common to his pictures -- lavish, expensive sets and costumes, a high falutin' society background, and domestic turmoil -- it doesn't quite hit its mark. Part of the reason for this is the dream sequence. Instead of something spectacular and historical, DeMille took his characters into the afterworld, which was a bit morbid for the audiences of 1924. Plus, DeMille was lacking a strong female star here -- Vera Reynolds and Julia Faye just weren't Gloria Swanson or Leatrice Joy. There's an accident during a surfboard race off the coast of Catalina Island, and Kerry Harlan (Rod LaRocque) rescues Amy Loring (Reynolds). Harlan's foot has been mangled by a shark, and he is told by Dr. Fergus Lansell (Robert Edeson) that he must not walk for a year. Amy and Harlan marry, and she goes to work as a model. Dr. Lansell's wife, Bertha (Faye), becomes infatuated with Harlan, and she begins pestering him. One day when she comes over to his home, her husband shows up. Bertha climbs out on a windowsill to hide, but falls to her death. A scandal ensues and Amy walks out on Harlan. Distraught over their separation, Harlan tries to gas himself. Amy returns to find him and decides to die, too. They wind up in the afterworld together and meet up with Bertha, who takes the blame for their unhappiness. The couple are told that their time has not come. Meanwhile, on the more earthly side of things, Dr. Lansell finds their inert bodies, and, in spite of his feelings towards Harlan, he saves the pair's lives.
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