Max (Francis Lederer) is a German violinist who is drafted to fight as a Hessian alongside the British during the American Revolution. But once he is in America, Max becomes impressed with the colonial cause and deserts the British. He finds shelter at the homestead of Aaron Kirkland (Charles Ruggles) and falls in love with Kirkland's beautiful daughter Prudence (Joan Bennett). He tries to approach Prudence, but unfamiliar Puritan mores get in his way and frustrate his pursuit of happiness.
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