Star reporter Wickland Snell has given up every other interest in life for journalism. Everything, that is, but women and an occasional "drunk." Wickland's daughter, Dorothy, comes to him one day and informs him that she has just married cub reporter Ted Hanley. Wickland is considerably sobered by this fact and, in order to help them, quits the paper and takes a plush job as a public relations man for a large firm, having a fling with his secretary, Myra May, a good-time girl who takes a fancy to Hanley. Snell quickly tires of public relations work and returns to the paper, staying with Myra so as to keep her away from Hanley. Dorothy gives birth to a baby and remains hospitalized in critical condition. Wickland starts out to see her, but a big story breaks and he remains at the paper to get out an extra. By the time Wickland arrives at the hospital, Dorothy is dead.