This is an anecdotal picture of Father Flanagan and the growth of Boys Town, Nebraska, sprinkled with success stories of homeless boys and misfits, against the background of Father Flanagan's own story. His youth in Ireland, his early dedication to the priesthood, his fight against tuberculosis. But his real story starts with his ordination and his hotel for destitute men, which led to his work with boys. The modest project began in a rundown building and grew to a million dollar enterprise. Father Flanagan emerges as an idealized figure, and his story is written with warmth and humor.