Two friends in their early teens run away from an orphanage to the city of New York in order to make their way in the world. The going is tougher than what they could have imagined at their age, and it does not take long for them to run out of money. That precipitates an argument over whether or not they should return to the odious but protective orphanage. One boy decides to leave, the risks are too great for him in the city, while Willie (Joseph Tucker) decides to remain and take his chances. His buddy leaves, and he eventually finds an abandoned apartment in the Bronx that offers him a shelter of sorts. Alone and unsure of his future, Willie must now fend for himself without yet realizing how precarious his situation is.
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