St. Louis, 1905: Parish priest Father Dunne becomes aware of the plight of the city's newsboys, living on pennies and often homeless, and resolves to help them. Through inspired finagling and the gift of the blarney, he organizes a sort of "co-op" orphanage for increasing numbers of boys. Then he's faced with the tougher problem of stopping the escalating violence in inter-paper rivalry for "good corners" In St. Louis, Missouri, in 1906, Father Peter J. Dunne, a parish priest, founds an establishment-home for homeless newsboys. When a newspaper publisher starts a circulation war, one of Father Dunnes boys is killed, and another one commits a murder. By waging a successful campaign to stop advertisers buy ad-space, Father Dunne stops the war. Then he has to wrestle his conscience over what to do with the condemned boy.