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On the same day that Vogel, a Pennsylvania farmer, adopts his dead brother's son George, he also buys a small girl, Marika, from Zirah, her gypsy mother. He and his wife raise the children together, and Marika and George quickly fall in love. The Vogels, however, want George to marry their daughter Gertrude. To please her foster parents, Marika begins keeping George at a distance, and so, feeling that she no longer loves him, he proposes to Gertrude. On the eve of the marriage, Marika, heartbroken, finally approaches George. They embrace, and he begs Marika to let him marry her. Once again thinking of the Vogels, however, she forces herself to refuse. Then, after the wedding, Marika goes to Zirah, whom she has found out is her mother, and stays with her until the old lady dies of alcoholism.
An American translation of the play, called The Fires of St. John, opened in New York on November 28, 1904, with Nance O'Neil as the star. The film was also called The Fires of St. John and The Fires of Johannis.