Chris Cross, 25 years a cashier, has a gold watch and little else. One rainy night, he rescues delectable Kitty from her abusive boyfriend, Johnny. Smitten, amateur painter Chris, lets Kitty think he's a wealthy artist. At Johnny's urging, she lets Chris establish her in an apartment, with his shrewish wife's money. There, Chris paints masterpieces; but Johnny sells them under Kitty's name, with disastrous, and ironic results.