A movie theater projectionist longing to be a detective is in love with a beautiful girl. His rival is the "local sheik". The projectionist buys a $1 box of chocolates, all he can afford, and changes the price to $4 before giving it with a ring to the girl. The sheik steals and pawns the girl's father's watch for $4. With the money, he buys a $3 box of chocolates for the girl. The sheik slips the pawn ticket into the projectionist's pocket unnoticed. When the father notices his watch is missing, the projectionist offers to solve the crime. But when the pawn ticket is found in his pocket, is banished from the girl's home.