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Cora Jordan, daughter of steel magnate Calvin Jordan, longs for excitement in a man. To find it, her father counsels her to surrender her cloistered life, leave the luxury of her home and find a job. Cora takes his advice and begins a futile job hunt. Taking refuge from rejection, Cora retreats to a park bench, where she meets fellow job seeker Bill Overton. The broke twosome steal a nickel from a lunchcounter and parlay it into a wild night of gambling and drinking. Awakening the next day, Cora and Bill are stunned to discover that their previous night's revelry has also included a marriage ceremony. In the face of her father's skepticism, Cora determines to make a success of her marriage. The couple settle down into a three-room apartment, where Cora abruptly abandons her ideas of excitement for the principles of security, thus putting herself in conflict with her fun-loving husband. Bill finally gets a job as a paint salesman, but the couple discover that life is decidedly unglamorous on thirty-five dollars a week. Bill's ten-dollar-a-week raise, rather than reconciling the couple, splits them apart when they argue over how to spend the money. Deciding that their goals are irreconcilable, Cora returns home to her father, where Bill comes to visit her. Cora has gone out for the night, hoewever, and in her absence, Bill and his father-in-law get drunk together. Mr. Jordan then makes Cora realize that Bill is the man she had always dreamed of, and the couple are reconciled.