Brian Dalrymple returns home after three weeks of pursuing the retreating Germans at the end of World War I. His hometown considers him a hero, and gives him a hero’s welcome.
“If you need a job come see me”.
After basking in his quickly disappearing notoriety, he goes looking for job. Seems all those wonderful offers have gone away, and Brian takes a job as a stock clerk in Mr. Macy’s wholesale grocery. It doesn’t take Brian long to find that advancement is going to be difficult, and he is stuck in a no-win job with few prospects. Brian, not the type to be held down by lack of opportunity, supplements his income as a cat burglar.
Not only does this pad his pocketbook, it gives his ego and self-confidence a tremendous boost, so much so that he is noted by the local political power broker. The broker has had his eye on Bryan for some time, seeing the potential for new blood in the state Senate. Brian realizes that he will, of course, be taking direction once he is elected. It's an easy transition from cat burglar to politician.