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Chip Winters, an energetic nine year old with a superior singing voice, ingratiates himself with the boys at Birchlake Camp in northern Maine. He also becomes a favorite of composer Johnny Selden, who has moved into a neighboring cottage while trying to write a New York-bound operetta. However, when Chip's mother Irene, whose letters to Chip have inspired Johnny's creativity, arrives at the camp with Walter Mays, her bossy fiancé, Chip gives them a mixed greeting. After spending the afternoon with Irene, Johnny, clearly taken by her, tells her the story of the first two acts of his operetta. Mays, who has forced Irene to quit her operatic singing career, chastises her for singing one of the operetta's songs at a party given by Selden, and announces that they are to leave Maine the next morning. Deeply disappointed, Chip says goodbye to his friends and departs for New York with Irene and Mays. Heartbroken that his future prima donna has gone, Johnny hands the last act of his operetta to his butler, Joseph, with instructions to deliver it to Wagner, his producer, and then disappears. On the way to the city, Joseph, a frustrated songwriter, and two other would-be songsters, Moreta and Brennan, lose the manuscript and cause the operetta's investors to panic when they try to sell their own mediocre material as Johnny's. Chip, hearing of the operetta's problems, rushes to Wagner's office and sings snippets of the last act. With Chip, Irene reconstructs the entire final act and, defying Mays, appears in the show. On opening night, Johnny returns, finally taking his prima donna in his arms.