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Released from prison, Marcus Pendleton, an embezzler whose crime was discovered by a computer, decides to become a computer expert. He then befriends Caesar Smith, one of Britain's foremost computer authorities, and persuades him to leave the country. Equipped with Smith's identity, Pendleton is hired by Ta-Can-Co., an industrial conglomerate headed by Carlton J. Klemper; assisted by a charwoman, he programs the corporation's computer to pay large monthly checks to three nonexistent companies. Pendleton then makes secret trips to Paris, Rome, and Frankfurt to collect and cash the checks. Meanwhile, he has married his secretary, Patty Terwilliger. When Pendleton learns that he is going to become a father, he leaves Ta-Can-Co. and flees with Patty to Rio de Janeiro. But Klemper and his computer overseer, Willard C. Gnatpole, discover the fraud and follow the swindlers to Rio. Fortunately for Pendleton, Patty has invested some of the money and made a fortune in the stock market. After paying back the stolen money, the couple still have her funds, and Pendleton is free to fulfill his ambition of becoming an orchestra conductor--in whose orchestra Patty plays the flute.