Jimmy Valentine tiredly walked out of the prison, where he was release after 10 months for cracking safes. He was exhausted, and expected his visit to be much shorter.
" Now, Valentine. Brace up, and make a man of yourself."
"Why did it take you so long to get me out?"
After Jimmy was released, he took a train to meet one of his partners, Mike Dolan, who gave him back his tools. Mike had helped get Valentine out of jail early, but he hadn't felt that it was early enough. There were other robberies some time after that officials, such as Ben Price, suspected to be done by Jimmy.
"I'm sorry we couldn't do it sooner, Jimmy my boy."
Some time after, Jimmy Valentine arrived in a town called Elmore, where he decided to go by the name Ralph D. Spencer. Just as he was about to check into a hotel, he noticed a woman who took his breath away.
"Who is that beautiful lady? I must get to know her."
Jimmy's life was starting to come together. Although he hadn't originally envisioned himself staying in Elmore, his new shoe business was soaring and his relationship with the lady who he now knew as Annabel Adams, was flourishing.
"Those look great on you!"
"Thank you. I'll take them!"
"Father, we are engaged!"
Things were going very well in Jimmy Valentine's new life. As far as anyone knew, he was Ralph D. Spencer, and no one questioned him. He and Annabel were engaged to be married and her father, a bank owner, greatly approved of him. He was really getting to like Ralph, and knew that it was finally time to officially give up his past.