Cast & Crew
While hunting in the mountains, Larry Armond rescues Ruth, a mountain girl who lives with her guardian, a religious recluse. After her guardian dies, Ruth, who has fallen in love with Larry, goes with her donkey in search of him and by chance comes to his summer retreat in the foothills. Her manners are ridiculed by Larry's house guests and her presence causes an embarrassing situation between Larry's friend Jack Keith and Jack's fiancée's family, the Colemans. After she is taken into the home of the Colemans, Ruth leaves to go back to the mountains because they are unfriendly to her. When it is learned that Ruth is really J. W. Coleman's daughter who was kidnapped fifteen years earlier in revenge for a supposed injustice, she is brought back and lovingly accepted into the family.
The title, Love's Protegé, with an incorrect spelling of "protégée, is the way it appears in an ad. The 1920 MPSD lists the film as a Universal production, but no evidence that Universal ever released it has been found. Arrow announced its acquisition of the film in April 1920 under the title The Lost Daughter, which they later changed to Love's Protegé, its original title. Another pre-release title was The Mountain Girl.