As described in a film magazine review, Ben Wilson is the household drudge, bullied by his older brother Bill, with his only consolation being the owner of a fine tenor voice. He falls in love with Adeline, newly arrived to their rural village. Bill ends up being his rival for her affection. Ben makes a local hit singing "Sweet Adeline," and Bill procures a chance for him to sing in a Chicago cabaret. At first he breaks down, but recovers and rallies himself and is warmly received. His dream of success comes true and he wins the affection of Adeline.