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Claire "Click" Stewart is a photographer for Flash Magazine, which has a reputation for scooping everyone. After Steve Conway, her editor, orders her to find a story that no one else has, she discovers William Reardon, a lawyer who disappeared several years before, living as a tramp. When her photos are published, Reardon sues the magazine. Click meets with Reardon to try to talk him into dismissing his suit. He tells her that he quit his law practice after convicting an innocent man. Click offers to find the man's daughter so Reardon can make restitution, providing he will then drop his suit, and he agrees. She learns, however, that the daughter, Margaret Spencer, died in an automobile accident. Desperate, she proposes that her roommate, Betty Clarke, an aspiring actress, pretend to be Margaret. Reardon is satisfied and the story makes the newspapers. Mike Romero, knowing that Margaret is dead, tries to blackmail Betty. Click discovers that he works for racketeer Tony Mitchell. Planning to expose his protection racket in retaliation for Romero's actions, Click follows him one night, accompanied by Reardon. Reardon is working as a lawyer again and, recognizing Romero, decides to gather enough evidence to arrest him. Meanwhile, Reardon and Click are falling in love. When Steve publishes Click's pictures of Mitchell's men in action, he places her life in jeopardy. Having learned that Margaret is dead, Reardon tracks down Click, who is meeting with Mitchell, and recognizes Mitchell as the man who framed Spencer. After Reardon successfully prosecutes the gang, he apologizes to Click and they kiss.