Ben Barclay lives with, and supports, his widowed mother. They have a mortgage on their home, held by Squire Davenport, who informs Ben’s mother that she has three months to pay off. Ben makes a trip to New York City to see if they can get financial help from a rich cousin. However, his cousin is in Europe at the time. Ben must find a way to raise enough money to save his home and support his mother before they lose everything.
Horatio Alger Jr. (January 13, 1832 – July 18, 1899), a Harvard alumni, was a prolific 19th-century American writer. His writings were characterized by the “rags-to-riches” narrative, which had a formative effect on America during the late 19th century.