The S. S. American is sailing between New York and England with a comically colorful assemblage of passengers.
Billy instantly falls in love with Hope, a beautiful girl he meets in a taxi. When he discovers she’s boarding the same ship his boss and co-worker Reno are taking, he sneaks aboard himself.
Hope is engaged to a stuffy British aristocrat, Sir Evelyn, but that doesn’t stop the love-struck Billy. With the help of other passengers, Billy seeks to shake Reno and capture the heart of the girl of his dreams – all without hurting anyone’s feelings.