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Determined that she and the members of the Bartlett College crew team will not be disqualified for a European tour, Lilith Lorraine, the campus flirt, conspires with her girl friends to abduct philosphy professor Ethelred Lippincott and steal their failing examination papers. When class assistant Ann Lippincott, the professor's shy, bespectacled niece, then discovers her uncle missing, she confides her fears to Bobby Kane, the handsome crew captain. As a favor to Ann, Bobby flirts with Lilith to find out where Lippincott is hidden. Because of Lilith's mischief and the crew's failing grades, the cruise is cancelled by crew coach Jeff Kane, Bobby's older brother. Ann, however, suggests that her uncle tutor the team while sailing to Europe and re-administer the exam just before landing. In spite of his distaste for sailing, Lippincott agrees to the plan, as do Jeff and the college's dean. Once on board their ocean liner, however, the crew members are diverted by Lilith and her girl friends and become reluctant students, even after Ann takes over the class from her seasick uncle. Ann then overhears Bobby tell Lilith that he is kind to her only because he pities her. During an on-board masquerade ball, Bobby and the rest of the team are surprised by the singing and dancing of a young woman dressed as "Pierrette." Bobby, in particular, is taken by the pretty mystery woman and, while a jealous Lilith watches, flirts with her on the moonlit deck. Anxious to know Pierrette's identity, Bobby kisses her and says that, as her lips are unfamiliar, she must be a stranger to him. In response, Pierrette slaps Bobby and storms away in a huff. After the ship docks in China, Bobby tries to find his Pierrette, while Lippincott and Hank Merman, the crew's buffoonish trainer, first are mistaken for Chinese prisoners and then are given a young Chinese woman as a present. Before the cruise proceeds to India, Lilith tells Bobby that she is Pierrette, a lie Bobby readily accepts. However, after landing in Monte Carlo, Pierrette reappears and performs a dance routine with Nelson Eddy and reveals herself to be Ann. Although Bobby is thrilled by Ann's transformation, his team is nearly thwarted when the coxswain loses his voice. Just before Jeff, who has conspired with Ann to motivate Bobby and the team to study their philosophy and train hard, forfeits their match with England's Lethbridge crew, Ann volunteers to call strokes. By singing in a fast rhythm, Ann then leads Bobby and the crew to their first victory.