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Young Steven Early, the son of the American military attache to London, enters West Point after a spectacular career at school in England. Because of his bemused, aristocratic manner, his fellow plebes call him "the Duke." Steve rooms with Robert "Sonny" Drew and John "Jack" West, both of whom are enthusiastic about being at the Academy. From the first day, Steve antagonizes upper classman Cadet Strong and the two become further estranged when Steve falls for Strong's girl, Ann Porter, the daughter of athletic trainer Doc Porter. When Jack receives word that his widowed mother is in desperate trouble and he may have to leave the Academy, Steve sneaks out and secretly wires her money, asking her never to reveal the source. Because he is caught and refuses to reveal the reason for his absence, his fellow classmen "silence" him. Although Ann initially chastizes Steve for his attitude, soon her feelings for him grow. For the next two years, none of his classmates, except Sonny and Jack, will speak to him, despite the fact that he has become the top in his class academically and a star athlete. During a practice session for a big ice hockey game with the Canadian cadet team, Sonny's neck is broken in his first chance off the bench. With this final blow, Steve decides that he will try hard to win the game for Sonny, but after that he will resign. The team wins and Sonny, though he possibly will be bedridden for the rest of his life, is elated that Steve has worn his jersey skating to victory. Just after the win, Jack receives word from his mother that Steve was the person who had helped her through her financial crisis. When he realizes that Steve had left barracks only to help him, he tells Strong, who then arranges for the entire school to "welcome" him as an upper classman. Happy at last with life at West Point, Steve shows Ann a newspaper item that announces their engagement.