Marshall Evans; Jane Thompson Evans; Susie Evans; Tony Bower
Twenty-year-old Jane Thompson marries Marshall Evans, an older man with a seventeen-year-old daughter, Susie. Susie is a defiant young woman and has little love for her stepmother. While Marshall is working nights, Susie club-hops with Tony Bower, a notorious lush. Jane feels she is failing her husband in not putting an end to his daughter's wild ways, and is roughed-up by Tony when she attempts to do so. Susie is impressed with Jane's sense of maternal duty and begins to see her stepmother differently. When Marshall is apprised of the situation, Tony is sent packing with a sucker punch to the jaw.
At a Grenville High football game, Faith Jordan ignores her date Larry, and flirts with football hero, Tommy Knight. Schoolmate Kate seethes with jealousy. Following the game, Faith and Larry drink heavily at the Idle Moments Lounge. The police raid the joint, and Faith and Larry flee. As they speed away in Larry's car, a pedestrian is hit and killed. Kate tips-off the police and Faith is arrested. Eventually, she is released with a warning but Larry is sent to a reformatory. Faith's father has died during the turmoil in her life so she leaves school and gets a factory job to support her mother. In doing so, she regains some of her self respect. Football hero Tommy re-enters her life, declares his love, and they marry.
Tom is a bank clerk whose wife wants to live to the hilt on his slim paycheck. He gambles to buy her the material things she wants, but his luck runs out and he falls into debt. He gets mixed up with gangsters and steals from the bank. When the thefts are discovered, he tries to skip town but is arrested and sentenced to five years. His wife blames her selfishness for the terrible turn of events in their lives.