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When rumba dancers Manuelo and Dolores, the star attraction at the Indian Springs Hotel, are forced to break up after Dolores becomes pregnant, promoter Jerry Gibson promises Snodgrass, the manager of the hotel, that he will find a new dancer for the show, which is scheduled to open in two days. After Manuelo and Timber Applegate, the old westerner who is part owner of the hotel, discover that Belita, one of the waitresses, was a well-known dancer in Europe before the war, they press her into service. On opening night, Belita makes a hit with the audience and recognizing her great talent, Jerry sends her to Chicago to join Henry Busse and his show, pretending that Busse has forwarded money for her expenses. After joining Busse's show, Belita discovers that he did not send for her, but she nevertheless rises to stardom. Back at the hotel, Jerry has been fired for allowing Belita to leave, and drifts from one bad job to another. Timber finally locates him for Belita, but he refuses to contact her, drops from sight and joins the army. Months later, Timber finds Jerry wounded in a nearby hospital and takes Belita to his bedside. After Jerry and Belita reconcile, Timber accompanies Jerry to the theater, where Belita dances a special skating number for Jerry, who sits in his wheelchair, watching proudly from the wings.