Jones, A homeless street character (Larry Hankin) tries to talk the night waitress in Solly's Diner (Ruth Silvera). He's plea is interrupted by a desperate business man (Roger Bowen) who pulls a gun and demands all the money in the cash register. Jones cleverly captures the robber and is rewarded with a free meal.
Egon plans to exploit knowledge gained during his latest term of incarceration. By stealing the unmanipulated financial records of DanInvest he obtains the majority of the stocks in the department store Magasin du Nord, just in time for their closing sale.
Oskar Matzerath, son of a local dealer, is a most unusual boy. Equipped with full intellect right from his birth he decides at his third birthday not to grow up as he sees the crazy world around him at the eve of World War II.