This is the story of a hardworking young man determined to make the best of his opportunities. Andy is forced to drop out of Penhurst Academy to help his father on the farm. Accepting this, Andy returns home then decides to form his fate. With the help of a wealthy benefactor, he moves from his small town and is lead through work traveling across the country. This book is part of a series of rags to riches stories of boys working hard and achieving the American dream of wealth. The stories can be seen as tracing American cultural and social patterns.