Donal Davoren and Seumas Shields are room-mates in a Dublin tenement. For no particular reason Donal is looked upon by the other residen's of the tenement as being a gunman in the'service of the Irish Republican Party, but he is merely a dreaming poet who rather enjoys the mystery that has been built up around him. One of the Republicans calls on Donal and Seumas and leaves a bag containing bombs in their room. When the house is raided by the authorities, Minnie Powell, a friend, offers to hide the bag in her room, never dreaming that they would search her. But the deed is discovered, and Minnie, in trying to resist arrest, is shot.