William Desmond Taylor was a distinguished Anglo-Irish-American actor and film director. He was a well-known figure in the growing motion picture colony of Hollywood during the 1910s and early 1920s. He has been a part of 27 silent films and 59 silent films were directed by him. ‘The Awakening’ was the first film that was directed by him. Some of his popular works as a director and as an actor include ‘The Soul of Youth,’ ‘The Diamond from the Sky,’ ‘Huckleberry,’ ‘Anne of Green Gables,’ ‘The Green Temptation,’ ‘Nurse Marjorie,’ ‘Judy of Rogue’s Harbor,’ ‘Tom Sawyer,’ ‘The Diamond From the Sky,’ ‘The Top of New York,’ ‘Wealth,’ ‘Jenny Be Good,’ ‘The Heart of Paula,’ and various others.
Set in the backdrop of World War I, the movie tells the story of Johanna Renssaller, a country farm girl, who has had only two unfruitful love affairs. When an entire regiment of soldiers camps on her farm, everybody falls in love with her. Ultimately she finds true love in Captain van Renssaller.