Four young men, college chums, come to New York, each with his eyes fixed on a career. The ambition of each is the same, to make money. They differ only in their ideas of the best way to "make it." The particular one of the quartet fixed on as hero, Thomas Beauchamp Crocker, familiarly known as Bojo, goes into Wall street. He Is turned from the ways of speculation not by failure but by success. He makes a quarter of a million and the manner in which it is won and the resulting suicide of one of the men he has helped ruin, sicken him. He leaves the path of easy money determined to begin at the bottom and work up. His love affairs and those of another member of the group are introduced to enliven the story.