D.L. Dugan would have taken every penny he had earned in his life to his grave. The rugged prospector and Spanish-American war hero turned wealthy businessman learned at a young age that the key to having a lot of money was never spending it.
D.L. lives life simply, with no TV or radio. An avid miser, D.L. had been known to cut his own hair and stuff his shoes with cardboard just to save a nickel or two. Shortly before his adventurous and hard-working life finally comes to an end, D.L. faces the harsh reality that he doesn't have any close family or friends to share his fortune with. Desperate, he hires an agency to search for any remaining relatives he might have.
Author John G. Watson introduces the reader to Dunce, D.L.'s less-than-ambitious grandnephew, who resides in a junkyard with three other ne'er-do-wells. This humorous group of friends shows that, even though they have little, they are always willing to share with their wayfaring brothers.