The hero is Biff Grimes, a handsome and impetuous bully. Unwelcome at the homes of the village belles, he meets them on the park benches and plies them with his fascinations. For hours they sit beneath the trees with him, talking of the birds and the stars in pretty language. Grimes' favorite girl is won away from him by his enemy, Hugo Barnstead, and he nurses a grudge. He becomes a dentist (in the prologue and epilogue he is to be seen viciously pulling one of Hugo's teeth). At the end Grimes meets his lost love. Her charm has gone and ill nature has taken its place. From then on life becomes sweeter to Grimes, both in the affection of his wife and in the hominess of his life.