Naive and idealistic Jefferson Smith, leader of the Boy
Rangers, is appointed on a lark by the spineless governor
of his state. He is reunited with the state's senior senator--presidential
hopeful and childhood hero, Senator Joseph Paine. In Washington,
however, Smith discovers many of the shortcomings of the
political process as his earnest goal of a national boys'
camp leads to a conflict with the state political boss,
Jim Taylor. Taylor first tries to corrupt Smith and then
later attempts to destroy Smith through a scandal.