A well-used theme is overpowered by Garfield's supercharged performance as a slum kid emerging from imprisonment for a crime he did not commit. A product of his evil environment, Garfield is soon picked up for vagrancy and sent to a work farm, where he falls in love with the stepdaughter
of the straw boss, a mean drunk. The girl, Lane, is the cause of her stepfather's wrath. When he dies, Garfield is labeled the murderer and he flees with Lane. The two are hunted down and Garfield is later tried but found not guilty of the farm boss's death. He is reunited with Lane and they begin
a new life together. The story is worn out and so too were the antics of the Dead End...