A pleasant man moves to a small town. He gives himself out as being a famous geologist, an expert in locating oil-deposits by signs in the surface of the landscape. Soon he is introduced into the community of the local businessmen. He reveals to them that he has found signs of an oil-deposit just outside the town. He offers them shares in the oil-field on very good conditions, but as soon as the money is paid and the contracts are signed, he prepares to leave the town immediately.
A woman victimizes men in overseas military service by marrying them for their allotments. One soldier returns unexpectedly and learns the truth and, filled with bitterness, holds her hostage with a plan to kill her. Captain John Braddock asks his mother to appeal to him to spare him from ruining his future.
A man and woman team of confidence operators fake injuries in hotels in order to extort money. They use wasp stings to simulate the swelling of a real sprain, but a hotel employee helps Braddock expose the con and break the case.