He’s not especially smart, but he can work hard because he knows how much money costs, and even then it’s not enough to keep him and his father safe. So he’s forced to go home, but what saves him isn’t his brains or his brawn. What saves him is a good pair of ears that are ready to listen, a clever twisting of words to get his way, and some ‘good instinct’ that can be interpreted as luck by others.
His father thinks he’s an academic fool; wise in the way of words but not the world, but this time, he’s proved wrong. However, happy endings make everything right, and their lives turn out to be more than just fine.