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Charlie "Pa" Taylor has been unemployed for sixteen months, and his attractive daughter Kitty is supporting the family by working as a switchboard operator. Bill Lowry, a mechanic who is Kitty's fiancé, starts his own garage. When Bill's business takes off, he is forced to break several dates with Kitty, who is resentful of his work, and as a result she agrees to go on a blind date. Her date turns out to be Bob Hartwell, son of a department store magnate. The couple take a fancy to one another and Bob gets Kitty a job as a model for his father's stores. During one of their dates, Bob's car breaks down and the chauffeur calls Bill's garage to make the repair. Bill and Bob argue and Bill punches Bob before he leaves in a huff. Bob's father, J. W. Hartwell, is anxious to end Bob's affair with Kitty, so he sends Bob away and then fires Kitty. Without any income, the Taylors fall on hard times. When Bill learns of their hardship, he offers Pa a job. Ma convinces Kitty to go back to Bill since he has helped the family so much, in spite of the fact that she no longer loves him. At sea, Bob realizes that he loves Kitty and wins his mother's consent to marry her. Pa is responsible for an accident at the garage that sends Bill to the hospital, and once again, the Taylors are placed in financial straits. Kitty enters a dance marathon to win the cash prize, and after dancing for days, collapses on the dance floor. As she is carried out, Bob arrives and asks her to marry him. Kitty forgives Bob for his earlier behavior, but rejects his marriage proposal since she feels obligated to Bill. After a tearful farewell with Kitty, Bob leaves for Europe, but he insures Kitty's future by anonymously buying Bill's garage lease for $10,000. After Bill learns that Kitty really loves Bob, he precipitates an argument by asking her to to delay the wedding. Bill and Kitty break up for good, and Kitty runs to the pier to catch the ocean liner, where she is reunited with Bob.