Aubrey is an inventor of inventions that bring no revenue, and when his borhter dies and leaves him a fortune, he finds that the bulk of the money will be swallowed up by his debts. His wife comes to his aid. The cousin to whom the money reverts on Aubrey's death is believed to be dead. Let Aubrey be blown to pieces in his laboratory and come to life again as his cousin from Mexico, and by that means get rid of his liabilities and inherit the fortune! The explosion is duly staged and Aubrey reappears as the cousin from Mexico. A wife claims Aubrey as her own and he is obliged to drown and adopt another identity. Then the family arranges with his brother to pose as the cousin from South America. This necessitates the third death of Aubrey, and he reappears as the curate of a neighboring village. Finally, the real cousin arrives from Mexico, and the news is brought that the estate of the brother has been annexed by the Mexican Revolutionary Committee.