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Sue Wells, whose husband Tom works as a shepherd, is fed up with being poor and living in the shadow of Mr. and Mrs. James Peabody's palatial estate. Then, when the Peabodys go away on vacation, Sue and Tom carry out a check fraud scheme and take advantage of a loophole in the Peabody's lease, with the result that they become the owners of the estate. Living in the mansion does little to make Sue happy, however, and then, when James returns and discovers what she and her husband have done, he kills Tom. He is about to murder Sue, too, when she wakes up, and realizes that her life as a wealthy landowner has been only a dream. James then enters, and announces that he has made Tom the estate overseer, which forever ends Sue's worries about money.