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Eccentric and headstrong, Sir William Farady refuses to allow his daughter Phyllis to marry Bobby Tarver until Celia, his oldest daughter, is married. When Celia returns to London from a vacation, she announces her engagement to a Colonel Smith, who she says has sailed for Arabia, hoping thereby to help Bobby and Phyllis. The family is elated, and at her sister Evelyn's insistence, Celia writes a love letter that she intends to destroy but which is accidentally posted. It happens that there is actually in Arabia a Colonel Smith, who is amused by the letter. When Celia publishes his obituary in the Times , however, he decides to visit her, claiming to be a friend of the deceased. After making her thoroughly uncomfortable, he reveals his identity, and they find a mutual affection growing. ...