From the top of his Stetson to the tip of his fancy cowboy boots, Henry Tyroon, independent oil wildcatter, is pure wheeler dealer—a larger-than-life-sized combination of supersalesmanship, big ideas, and an unerring instinct for a quick profit. From his natural habitat of Texas, Henry comes to New York in search of "mullets" (which is Texas-talk for well-heeled potential investors) but his attention is diverted when he meets the attractive Molly Thatcher, a struggling young Wall Street securities analyst. Molly's interest in Henry derives from the fact that she hopes to sell him shares in Universal Widget, a mysterious little company which has been turned over to Molly as her last chance to make good and hold her job. Henry's interest in Molly is of a more romantic sort, but he is delighted to chat about widgets (for openers), after which it's on to a series of wild escapades—ending up first in the clutches of the Justice Department (they are innocent, as it turns out) and then in each other's arms.
A rollicking, hilarious study of what happens when a Texas wheeler dealer and a proper girl from Philadelphia meet in Manhattan, and combine their talents for creating mayhem in the various worlds of art, high finance, and romance.