Duddy Kravitz is an irresistible young Jewish man in 1948 Montreal. Duddy is driven by an insatiable desire to be a ""somebody"". He cheats, schemes and connives to buy a large parcel of land. He uses the girl who loves him, he forges cheques and he lies. He is enormously proud of his shortcuts. In his race for success, Duddy learns many hard lessons. There's a little bit of Duddy in all of us.