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Judge Cass Timberlane, a kind-hearted, middle-aged bachelor, tries case after case in his Grand Republic, Minnesota court, but it is not until he meets Virginia "Jinny" Marshland, a witness, that he takes a personal interest in anyone in his courtroom. Following a tiresome divorce case, Cass finds a notebook that Jinny left in the courtroom. Intrigued by the much younger Jinny and the sketches in her notebook, Cass ventures to the poorer neighborhood of the city where she lives, and finds her playing baseball. Cass offers to umpire her game, after which he takes her out to dinner. The two eventually fall in love, much to the displeasure of Cass's snobbish society friends. With the exception of attorney Bradd Criley, an old friend of Cass, the judge's country club friends believe that he is wrong to cross social lines. Ignoring the prejudices of his peers, Cass marries Jinny and the two go on a happy honeymoon vacation. Time passes, and Cass soon realizes that Jinny is unhappy living in Grand Republic and is looking for excitement. Jinny eventually becomes pregnant, but when the baby is stillborn, her discontent grows stronger. Cass tries to cheer up his wife by teaching her how to fly an airplane, spending more time with her and encouraging her attempt to become an amateur stage actress, but all his efforts end in failure. Jinny later ruins her prospects of starring in a Grand Republic stage play when she gives an all too realistic performance while rehearsing a love scene with her co-star, Bradd. Because of his part in the scandal, Bradd is transferred to his company's office in New York City. Jinny sinks further into depression until Cass suggests they take a trip to New York. While Cass visits an old friend of his, Jinny goes sightseeing with Bradd. Jinny wishes to stay in New York, and when Cass tells her that he has rejected a job offer in the city, she throws her first tantrum. Cass is angered by the outburst, and tells Jinny that she is welcome to stay in New York with Bradd. Bradd, however, is content living the single life and has no intention of being a companion to Jinny. When Bradd tells Jinny that he does not want to marry her, she jumps out of the speeding car in which they are driving and is seriously injured. After Lillian Drover, the kind, but timid and unhappy, wife of Jinny's Grand Republic doctor, tells Cass about Jinny's injuries and begs him to go to her, Cass rushes back to New York. He then brings Jinny back to Grand Republic and nurses her back to health. After Jinny makes a full recovery, she tells Cass that he will always be the man for her.