Carl Bolton is a man who has found himself in financial trouble. He goes to the law office of Mr Donneley to tell how he got behind on the loans he took out.
In flashback we learn how the recently discharged veteran and his bride borrowed money to buy a car. The car is good enough, the deal on the price is good enough, but what are all those papers that Carl has to sign? The car isn’t a luxury item, but a tool that Carl plans to use on his job. Suddenly, mechanical troubles explode to the surface, and the car isn’t even driveable. Carl learns his repairs to his promised perfectly running car are on him. No warantee, on the as is automobile.
Taking some poor legal advice, Carl fights back by stopping payments on his useless car. His wife Rita had already given into Carl’s judgement, but will he heed her advice to hire a lawyer to fight this battle? Not until collection agencies get involved who begin to harrass him about his debt. Is it just a scare tactic? Has his car been stolen, or simply repossessed? Is it going to be too late to dig Carl out of his legal hole?
With no money, Carl finds himself in the legal aid office talking to Mr Donnely, who reviews where Carl went wrong. Tips are given on what could have been done, and the situation assessed on how to proceed. It’s not looking good for Carl, but communication with the car company is made. Will they be willing to work with Mr Donnely? Is there a loophole in the contract for Carl’s claim?