The plot of “A Retrieved Reformation” revolves around how the main character, Jimmy Valentine changes. The story begins with Jimmy Valentine’s being released from prison after serving some time for bank robbing. Soon Jimmy goes back to his burglary career until he meets a lovely woman, Annabelle, in the town of Elmira, which is the setting of most of the story. Then Jimmy decides to become an honest man to win the hand of his new found love. However, the conflict of story pits the detective Ben Price against Jimmy in Ben’s attempt to arrest Jimmy for his most recent crimes. The climax of the story occurs when Annabel’s young niece becomes trapped in a safe, and Jimmy has to decide whether or not he will spring her from the safe and reveal his true identity in the process. Finally, Jimmy does rescue her, but in a twist at the end of story, Ben decides to let Jimmy go free since he has obviously turned his life around for good.