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Confidence man Major Burdle experiences a regeneration when he is stuck caring for the infant son of a dear departed friend. After reluctantly accepting the boy, Danny, as his own son, the major indoctrinates him in the profession of selling a cure for drunks until the school board demands that the boy be enrolled in school. The major takes Danny to Plumfield, the school run by Jo and her husband, the Professor. There, the Professor, in need of $5,000 to fend off the bank's threat of foreclosure, entrusts the major to invest the school's savings. The major invests the money in an Omaha bank, but when the bank fails, the money is lost. Disgraced by his father's loss of Plumfield's funds, Danny gets in a publicized fight with one of his schoolmates, and the major, desperate to recover the money, forges a check and returns to Plumfield just in time to save the school from foreclosure. However, as the major turns over the cash, the town constable arrives to arrest him for forgery. All ends happily, however, as the school is saved by Willie the Fox, the major's escaped bank robber friend, who turns himself in for a $5,000 reward, which he presents to Plumfield.