George's lifelong dream was to see the world but events have always unfolded for a different purpose. On Harry's graduation night in 1928, George’s father, who runs the local Building & Loan, had a stroke which proved fatal. Mr. Potter, a heartless slumlord and majority shareholder in the Building and Loan, tries to persuade the board of directors to stop providing home loans for the working poor. George persuaded them to reject Potter's proposal, but they agreed only on the condition that George himself run the Building and Loan.
George selflessly gave his college money to his brother, Harry. When Harry graduated from college, he unexpectedly brought home a wife, whose father had offered Harry an excellent job in his company. George could not deny his brother such a fine opportunity. Once more, George set aside his ambitions.