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When David Robinson and his wife, Catherine, inherit an old English manor house, they decide to turn it into a vacation resort for children whose wealthy parents are too busy to care for their offspring. A strange assortment of children, including the sons and daughters of Arabian monarchs, American industrialists, and wealthy divorcees, arrive on opening day. Trouble develops when most of the youngsters turn out to be unruly, spoiled brats who chop down trees, steal off in a station wagon for midnight snacks, and tear down draperies to make costumes. Further complications arise when the cook proves to have an unquenchable passion for alcohol, and local councilwoman Mrs. Spicer objects to the enterprise, saying that the home should be used for underprivileged children. The domestic problem is solved when one of the children dresses up as a ghost and terrifies the cook into taking the pledge. And when, at end of summer, the children refuse to go home unless their parents promise to give them more time and attention, Mrs. Spicer realizes how much good the Robinsons are doing and she withdraws her objections to their home.