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Much to the disgust of his father, Percival Rogeen, whose only accomplishment is playing the violin, has been brought up by his doting mother as a mollycoddle. When the elder Rogeen runs for the Senate, his campaign manager, Breezy Barnes, offers to make a man of Percival. Barnes takes Percival to a cabaret and gets him drunk. Intoxicated for the first time in his life, Percival engineers a campaign stunt that ends in a street riot. He jumps on a freight train to avoid an enraged mob and ends up on the Mexican border, where he is saved by Holy Joe from a band of tramps who mistake him for a railroad detective. Joe, who makes a living by gambling at cards and selling Bibles, takes Percival to a local dancehall, where Percival makes a hit with his fiddling. Percival and Joe later go to work for Imogene Chandler, picking cotton on her ranch. Reedy Jenkins, the political boss of the district, shuts off the water at the local dam with the intention of driving out the cotton farmers. Percival goes to the dam, beats Jenkins in a fight, and dynamites the floodgates. Percival later marries Imogene and returns with her to the East.