Lorenzo Charlton is a stuffy tax investigator sent to the farm of Pop and Ma Larkin to find out why they haven't been paying taxes. He discovers that they use a homegrown barter system. Overwhelmed by their complex economic network, Lorenzo drinks one home brew too many. Awakening from a hangover, he sees a vision of loveliness before him: the Larkin's spunky daughter Mariette. Enraptured by Mariette, he decides to stick around and find a way to get the family out of their onerous tax burden.