Finally convinced by her boyfriend, aspiring engineer Michael Martin, that love is more important than money, fashion model Carolyn agrees to marry, quit her fifty dollar-per-week job and live on Michael's more modest salary. After a rushed civil ceremony, which is witnessed by Michael's partner, the marriage-weary Paul Dodson, a depressed Carolyn argues loudly with Michael in the License Bureau. In his frustration, Michael starts a brawl and is arrested. While the couple is in court, Carolyn meets Hugh McKenzie, an alcoholic department store scion, who immediately falls in love with her and helps Michael with his fine. Carolyn dismisses Hugh and his wealth, but struggles to curb her clothes buying appetite and make financial ends meet on Michael's thirty-five dollars per week. Unable to keep up all of their monthly payments, Carolyn loses the apartment furniture on New Year's Eve and gets drunk with Donovan, the repossesser, and Hugh and Mattie Dodson, Paul's cynical wife. Later, at a New Year's Eve party, Carolyn announces her desire to return to her modeling job, infuriating the proud Michael. When Carolyn and Michael arrive home, Carolyn is surprised to discover that Hugh has replaced all of the repossessed furniture. Still unaware of their financial straits, Michael forgives Carolyn, who vows to herself to repay Hugh and secretly restarts her job. Eventually, Michael discovers Carolyn's deceit and angrily walks out on her. After Carolyn begins divorce proceedings, Michael drunkenly confronts a reformed Hugh, who tells him that his intentions toward Carolyn are sincere and serious. Determined to win back Carolyn, Michael makes plans to sail with Paul to South America on a dangerous but lucrative engineering assignment. Mattie, overwhelmed by her love for her own husband, takes Paul to Hugh's country estate and, with Hugh's magnanimous aid, prevents Michael's departure and reunites him with a repentant Carolyn.