Bill (Lord) Dawlish, twenty-four, is a good footballer, boxer and golfer,
has good health, many friends, a beautiful (though hard) fiancée, minor
actress Claire Fenwick, and no money except the £400 a year he gets as
secretary to exclusive Brown's Club. Claire refuses to marry him on £400 a
year. Then Bill hears he has been left a million pounds by an eccentric
American whose golfing slice he had cured. He also hears that the
eccentric's niece, Elizabeth Boyd, who farms bees on Long Island, had
expected to inherit the million pounds. Bill, without telling Claire, goes
to America (as Bill Chalmers) to see that Elizabeth gets at least half of
the inheritance. Claire, separately and unknown to Bill, also goes to
America, to stay with her ex-chorus-girl friend who is now a successful
barefoot dancer calling herself Lady Pauline Wetherby. Claire meets an
American millionaire on the boat and makes him propose to her, and she
accepts. Then, hearing of Bill's new wealth, she breaks with her American
and expects to be taken back by Bill. But Bill now is in love with
Elizabeth, though she refuses to marry him with no money of her own.
Well, the eccentric old millionaire had made a later will, and so...
This novel has the common early Wodehouse Anglo-American pattern, with
Anglo-American marriages. There is some untidy gun-play near the end and
Claire's millionaire accidentally shoots a pet monkey.
Source: Richard Usborne. Plum Sauce. A P G Wodehouse Companion.