In a rooming house, a young man is unpacking when in walks a young lady looking for rope. She wants to hang herself. Well, the man hasn't any, but has some twine; so in desperate seriousness, they barter. Finally she takes the twine to her room, puts on the phonograph, and prepares to hang herself; while he unpacks. The first effort fails, but the second is succeeding nicely, when suddenly the record stops. She tries to get down to fix the phonograph, but can't. And both the young man and the doddering old lady who wheels herself into view will not lend a hand to help her. It's only because he decides to move out of this crazy place, and needs the twine to pack, that the girl finally is freed.