Bertie escapes Aunt Agatha's plot to get him married to Honoria Glossop by taking a ship to New York, accompanied by Jeeves. On board he meets Tuppy who is going to buy a car there and is then lumbered with Lady Malvern's son, Wilmot. Once in America, she leaves for a tour of prisons for an upcoming book. She has left strict instructions as to how to look after the very delicate Wilmot who turns from a withdrawn little man into someone who's out clubbing and getting drunk every night. Meanwhile Tuppy has fallen in love with the daughter of an automobile manufacturer and so has promised to buy 48 cars when he barely has enough money for one. Bertie escapes to the woods to stay with poet friend Mr Todd while Jeeves sorts things out.