The news of their elderly Uncle Claudius's impending nuptials has set the Lyle family on its ears. Joseph is faced with debtor's prison, since he has lived on his expectancy for years. His mother is distraught, and his brother Robert, concerned, journeys to the old man's side. But the blushing bride has jilted their uncle and is bound for London with a considerable amount of his money, looking for new game. When Sir Robert Lyle appears, undeniably attractive and unbearably wealthy, the prospect of relieving such a fat fish of some of his riches is tempting indeed.