On the journey from Europe to America, the widowed mother of young Jackie Blair (Jackie Coogan) dies. Jackie is supposed to be deported upon arrival, but after crusty Capt. Bill Hicks (Claude Gillingwater) introduces him to a large family of immigrants, he slips off the boat with them. Left alone when the family rejects him, Jackie finds Bill, who allows him to accompany him home. When Jackie learns Bill is broke and behind in rent, he tries to help, unaware his wealthy grandmother is nearby.