Major Drayton, an Englishman living in America with his daughter Viola, goes to England on business leaving Nevinson, his attorney, to care for Viola. When war is declared, Drayton joins his regiment and sends Nevinson $30,000 to invest for Viola. After learning that Drayton has been killed, the Nevinsons lose the money in speculation and have to take in boarders. Viola, who dreams of being a fairy on the stage, runs away from the drudgery and harsh treatment and joins the chorus of a musical comedy, but she again is treated brutally. Terrified, when, dressed as a fairy, she is lifted to a cloud, Viola runs away and meets a waif sleeping in a barrel, who thinks that she is a real fairy and saves her from freezing. When word arrives that Drayton is alive, the Nevinsons offer a reward for Viola's recovery. After a policeman finds the children, Mrs. Nevinson sells her possessions to repay Drayton, who returns to raise Viola and the waif.