When Archie Sheldon insists on making his way in the big city, his mother gives him a letter of introduction to an "old family friend," Thatcher Thole (Thomas Santschi). Thole is one of the most crooked financiers in New York and he puts Archie to work as his go-between in various shady deals. Thole's morals aren't any better when it comes to romance, and he sparks the ire of both wealthy widow Mrs. Slade and a jealous chorus girl sweetheart. But when he tries to get Archie to take responsibility for an incriminating letter that Mrs. Slade has received, the young man refuses. It is then that Archie discovers that he is actually Thole's illegitimate son. In spite of Thole's excuses, Archie walks out on him to return to his mother.
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