This picture, based on the novel by John Reed, was one of a seemingly endless procession of "mythical kingdom" films that was released in the silent era. This particular kingdom -- located, like many others, somewhere between the Caucasian and Balkan mountains -- is called Valaria. It is discovered that Major Armand Dalberg, an American (Robert Conness) is a descendant of Valaria's royal family. Although his ancestor had been exiled, the present king (Bigelow Cooper) sees fit to make amends and makes Armand a Grand Duke and Colonel of the Red Hussars. In addition, the king's daughter, Princess Dehra (Miriam Nesbitt), has fallen in love with Armand, and with her influence, he renounces his American citizenship. But not everyone in Valaria loves Armand -- the Archduke of Lutzen (Marc MacDermott) sees his own claim to the throne (not to mention his desire for the princess) being threatened. So he digs up an adventuress, Mrs. Marion Spencer (Sally Crute, in a scene-stealing turn), to spoil things for the interloper. Mrs. Spencer shows up at a garden party brandishing a forged marriage certificate between her and Armand. Armand is disgraced and on the verge of being banished from Valaria when the U.S. Ambassador, Richard Courtney (Herbert Prior), steps in and proves the woman is an impostor. Once again Armand is a court favorite, and nothing more stands between him and the princess.
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