Old man Link Morley believes women should wait on men like a menial servant. Determined to show his son how its done, he orders around his son's new bride, Rowena, like a housemaid. But once the new couple is paying for their keep, Rowena makes a stand.
Two onetime friends are rivals in the unusual pursuit of collecting nineteenth century hand carved cigar store Indians. The rarest and most desirable were made by a long-dead Connecticut craftsman, whose aged daughter is found to be oblivious to her father's legacy, and is using his leftover works as firewood. The pair compete for her last remaining statue.
Three young boys are given the responsibility of carrying Christmas gifts to the mission church in the costumes of the Three Wise Men. When they ride through the poorest section of the village, the boys decide to give the presents to the ragged children instead, causing a crisis in conscience in the community.
A scrawny, bespectacled college student exerts himself too much and he dies. Another student, the school's star athlete, is advised the boy's grieving mother has been led to believe, by his letters home, the boy was his best friend, though they never met.
Leaving his shop,a butcher witnesses a car run down a man on the street, but before he can give the police a description, he's threatened by a gangster.The victim was a crime investigator, and the "accident" was a hit. The butcher and his family is stalked and terrorized by the crooks from then on.
A Chicago fire investigator attempts to apprehend the arsonist who has set a series of blazes in run-down buildings near the river. He suspects that the perpetrator might be part of the throng of on-lookers that gawk at the firefighters battling the blazes. When a deaf woman is seriously injured in one of the torched buildings, the inspector redoubles his efforts to arrest the firebug before one of his blazes results in death.