It is Mrs. Peck's birthday and Peck has bought her a ring, she having quite forgotten the date. They make a neighborly call and poor Peck is placed in a very embarrassing position. He falls to sleep and is later taken for a burglar. He escapes, but leaves his coat behind, which is found later by Mrs. Peck. It takes a deal of explanation, backed up by the present of the diamond ring to convince her that he was a victim of circumstances.