At the beginning of the Great Depression Frank loses the stability in his and his son’s life, when he is thrown on the street.
Homeless, and with his son Andrew in tow, he struggles to find a job in streets crowded with unemployed workers. Yet, Andrew naïve and innocent only enjoys tagging along, until his dad’s frustration fouls his playfulness.
But as Frank discovers his son’s sad mood, he begins to cheer him up, playing on his imagination. As the days progress, the goal of keeping his son happy becomes more and more a focus. Along the way his son’s imagination and joy affects him and finally his own happiness rises – just to be thundered down by reality!
In the end, Frank accepts this harsh reality for what it is, by drawing on the optimism he found in his son’s imagination and goes out to face it.